New York Islanders: Don’t Have The Cap Space For Another Move

By Matt O'Leary
Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

After signing Anthony Beauvillier to a deal with an AAV of $2.1 million, the New York Islanders only have $4.7 million in cap space. They’d have to get creative to add.

The New York Islanders have now signed all three of their RFA’s after Anthony Beauvillier signed his deal yesterday. According to CapFriendly, the Isles now have just $4.7 million remaining in cap space for 2019-2020.

While it’s clear the only “issue” with this team is the top-six, the Isles would be hard-pressed to find a top-six player who can fit under the cap. Unless they get very creative.

If the Islanders move Nick Leddy for draft picks, that would free up $5 million in cap space bringing the Islanders total to $9.7 million to use. If the Isles were then to trade for someone let’s say the player would have a $6 million cap hit for the next two years. You could go for someone less or more so we’ll split the difference and say $6 million is the average.

That would leave the Islanders with just $15.1 million to sign Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Devon Toews, Josh Ho-Sang, and Matt Martin. We’ll operate under the assumption that Derick Brassard, Tom Kuhnhackl, and Thomas Greiss walk.

If Barzal takes $8 million AAV, Toews $4.5 million AAV, Pulock $6 million AAV, Martin $1 million AAV, and let’s say under some miracle Ho-Sang figures it out and they give him a $4 million AAV deal. That would put the Islanders $7.4 million over without adding Ilya Sorokin or anybody else to the roster in free agency.

Yes, I too want the Islanders to get better, but they might just have to rely on one of the kids to finally step up. Lou Lamoriello is looking beyond this year, not just in 2019-2020.

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