I’m sure he’s a great pro and maybe the organization can make room for him in some sort of off-ice role if Lou Lamoriello likes him that much. But it’s the end of the line for Andy Greene and the New York Islanders.
The 37-year-old is at the end of a five-year deal worth $25 million that he signed back when Lou was still GM of the New Jersey Devils.
Going into 2020-21 the Islanders have seven defensemen already signed to NHL contract. There just isn’t room to keep a player who’s going to turn 38 at the start of the 2020-21 season on the roster.
Adam Pelech will be back and healthy. Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews will be re-signed following the expiry of their bridge deals. Scott Mayfield, Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, and Noah Dobson are still signed for a few more years.
And Thomas Hickey is still under contract with a $2.5 million cap hit until 2021-22. That’s eight defensemen on the roster.
Maybe Greene still has enough left in the tank for a year or two. He’s played 63 games this season between the Devils and Islanders. He could be a good depth defenseman anywhere in the league. Just not with the Islanders who have their blueline sorted out for the following season.