New York Islanders Deals with Two RFAs Incoming
It’s been quiet on all fronts for the New York Islanders recently. But worry not deals are coming for some of their restricted free agents.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello. But yesterday he spoke Newsday about a number of things. From the news regarding Belmont, to lines, and even where he’s at with some of the Islanders three RFAs.
At the moment the New York Islanders have three RFAs without a contract. Anthony Beauvillier, Michael Dal Colle, and Josh Ho-Sang.
Neither is expected to break the bank anywhere near some of the other unsigned RFAs around the NHL. But their next deal might reveal how the organization feels about each player.
According to Lou, we won’t have to wait too much longer. The team apparently have an agreement in place with at least two RFAs.
Two Out of Three Isn’t Bad
Speaking to Newsday, Lou indicated that the team will get all three of their RFAs signed to new deals and that the team has already come to an agreement with two of them.
"Restricted free agent forwards Anthony Beauvillier, Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang remain unsigned. But Lamoriello said agreements are in place with two of them. “None of our restricted free agents will be an issue, we’ll have everyone signed,” Lamoriello said. “A couple of them have already agreed, it’s just getting everything executed.”"
I know there isn’t much there, but with Lou Lamoriello, that’s about as close to a leak as you’re going to get. Lou typically doesn’t say anything until it’s official.
Although to be fair, it’s not like the Islanders weren’t going to sign their RFAs. That ship sailed when the team gave all three qualifying offers a few months ago.
And it’s not like any of them have any sort of leverage over the team. Sure Dal Colle took a step forward in his career by finally playing in the NHL, but he didn’t light it up. He was ‘OK’.
Beauvillier had a bad year with yet another disappearing act. And Josh Ho-Sang completed what feels like his tenth year in the AHL. Again, neither is getting a big payday. The Islanders were always going to get them all re-signed.
But what they sign with the team will be interesting.
Does Beau go the two-year route to prove himself? Or does he take a single year deal and bet on himself to finally get it together? Or does the organization go the Scott Mayfield/Adam Pelech route with long term with a low cap hit?
(I’m sure Beau takes the first option.)
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Either way, we finally have something to talk about our own players. For months we’ve looked at other teams sign players. Lou has awoken.