The Minnesota Wild extended Jared Spurgeon today, which has a direct impact on the New York Islanders come the 2020 free agency period.
In 2008, it was the New York Islanders who drafted Jared Spurgeon in the sixth round. He never played with the Islanders as Garth Snow and company never signed him. In 2010, the Wild signed him to an ELC and he’s been there ever since.
Over the last three years, Jared Spurgeon has put up 38, 37, and 43 points respectively. He’s heading into the final year of his contract that carried a $5.19 million cap hit, and Bill Guerin decided to pounce on the idea of signing the soon to be 30 year old to a seven-year deal.
His contract is seven years $53.025 million ($7.575 million AAV). Besides this being a former Islander who went away for nothing, this has an impact on the team we root for.
Next year, the Isles will have to sign both Devon Toews and Ryan Pulock to new deals as they are set to become RFA’s. Oh yeah, and someone by the name of Mathew Barzal will be an RFA next year too.
Sumer 2020 is going to be a stressful one, and the more contracts that are given out the higher up the AAV goes on Pulock’s and Toews’ new deal.
Pulock has yet to hit the 40 point mark but he is coming off of a 32 point season and a 37 point season. He’s expected to be around 40 points this year so if he hits 42 let’s say, his point total of the last three years would be 111. For reference, Spurgeon’s is 118 over the last three years.
Is it crazy to think that Pulock would yield at least $7.5 million a year? No, that’s probably right on the money if not a tad bit on the light side. If I had a way-too-early prediction I’d think (based on the last few contracts being handed out) that he would get something like seven-year $56 million ($8 million AAV).
Toews is going to make more than you might think as well. If he puts up 35-40 points, which I think many are expecting he will at the minimum, clear the $5 million AAV mark on his next contract.
Right now, he’s sitting at a rather friendly $700,000 cap hit but that is going to dramatically change. Somewhere around six or seven years with a $5 million – $6 million AAV is likely where we will be sitting at for Devon Toews when it’s all said and done.
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I really don’t want to be Lou Lamoriello next summer. Toews, Pulock, and Barzal are three of the most important contracts that the Isles have needed to get done in recent memory.