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New York Islanders: Clayton Keller Sets Market For Mathew Barzal

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Coyotes locked up 2020 restricted free agent, Clayton Keller. Did he just set the market for the New York Islanders and Mathew Barzal?

With Anthony Beauvillier’s contract, the New York Islanders finished signing their 2019 RFA’s. Now, the focus on extensions goes to the 2020 RFA’s which include Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Devon Toews.

With how the current RFA situation is going, it’s natural to feel nervous for the future negotiations with Mathew Barzal. Although it seems we have our negotiating point, due to Clayton Keller’s contract.

Yesterday, Keller received an eight-year extension with an AAV of $7.15 million. Like Barzy, Keller has two years under his belt in the NHL. In 167 games, Keller has 114 career points a pace of .68 points per game.

On the flipside, in 166 games Barzal has 147 points or a pace of .89 points per game. Through the first stages of their career, Barzal has been the much better player. So we can now confirm that there’s no way he’s getting less than $7.15 million AAV.

If Mat Barzal has another 60 point season, maybe he’s looking at an AAV closer to $8 million. If he goes back to a point per game pace, that number could be closer to $10 million. His production this year, is make or break for his next contract, if that’s not motivation I don’t know what is.

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