Islanders Lou Lamoriello would match Mathew Barzal offer sheet: 3 Q&A Takeaways

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) /
2 of 4
New York Islanders
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JANUARY 24: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders poses for a portrait ahead of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center on January 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Mathew Barzal and Offer Sheets

We all got quite a fright the other day when Elliotte Friedman told the Spittin Chiclets podcast that offer sheets will come for Mathew Barzal. Other teams will target the Islanders star centerman and try to pry him away from the Island.

We already knew that the Islanders were in a bind when it came to the salary cap next year. With Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Devon Toews all needing new contracts next season, the Islanders are going to have to get creative to make it all work.

Naturally, teams are going to try and take advantage of that situation. Maybe if they make a massive offer sheet the Islanders just won’t have the money to match it and they’ll be forced to take the draft pick compensation.

The question of an offer sheet came up in the Q&A and Lou squashed it:

"Question from Tyler McGivney: If Mat Barzal is presented with an offer sheet, will you match? It is our intention to not allow it to get to that point, but should that happen, the answer is yes."

There’s no uncertainty here. The Islanders are prepared to have Barzal signed before July 1 (or whenever free agency is this year). And if for some reason they still get to free agency without Barzal under contract they are prepared to match any possible offer sheet.

The rumors are going to come until Barzal signs a deal, but there’s no reason to suggest Barzal is unhappy and wants out. I don’t see a reason to think he’ll hit free agency let alone actually sign an offer sheet with another team.