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Islanders possible compliance buyout candidates in the event they get one

Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 17: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 17, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 17: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 17, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Leo Komarov

Contract
Term remaining: 2 years
Cap hit: $3 million
Value remaining: $4.5 million ($1 million SB/$3.5 million Salary)
Age: 33

With a bottom-heavy team, Leo Komarov becomes expendable for the New York Islanders. Lou clearly likes Komarov. That’s why he brought him in from Toronto on that four-year $12 million contract with a seven-team no-trade list. Again, Lou clearly likes Leo Komarov.

But what is Leo actually giving the Isles? Honestly. He has 40 points over two seasons and has been a healthy scratch for a good portion of the 2019-20 season.

Leo just isn’t going to be that 30 point player he was for the Maple Leafs when Lou was running the show in Toronto.

Sure, he’s a good guy to have in the room and brings all that intangible stuff we often hear about. But is it worth another $4.5 million dollars over the next two seasons? I don’t think so.

There has to be a way to get those intangibles that Leo Komarov brings to the table for less against the cap. There just has to.

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Leo Komarov just isn’t giving the Islanders enough to justify his contract and if Lou can move Johnny Boychuk to a team that needs his cap hit and if he can find a place for Andrew Ladd, then Komarov becomes the obvious third choice in a buyout.

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