Johnny Boychuk | Defenseman
Cap hit: $6 million (2years)
Production (2019-20): 64GP 2G 11Pts
Why Boychuk is on the trade block:
Johnny Boychuk carries a $6 million cap hit for the next two seasons. Moving him would clear up a lot of room on the books for the Isles both this year and next.
He’s been an incredible presence on the ice for the Islanders since they acquired him by trade days before the start of the 2014-15 season, but at 36-years-old he’s becoming less-and-less impactful by the year.
Not to mention that Noah Dobson is waiting in the wings for a full-time NHL gig.
The Isles might not be able to move him until July 2 when his $2.75 million signing bonus is paid out. After that date, Boychuk will still carry a $6 million cap hit, but the team picking him up would only have to pay him $1.25 million for the season or 21 percent of his cap hit.
A team like the Ottawa Senators, with a ton of cap room and looking to pay out as little as possible while also needing a veteran voice for their young room would be a nice fit. But with an eight-team trade list, that possibility seems unlikely.
The Isles might have to get a bit more creative to find a new home for Boychuk but he is very much on the list of tradeable assets.
What can Isles expect in return:
This sounds harsh considering how much I like Boychuk and how impactful he’s been for the Islanders, but honestly, getting anything back would be fine. Getting his deal off the books is a must in order to get all of the Isles RFA’s signed.
The Isles might even have to give the team acquiring him something in order for them to take Boychuk’s deal. In the offseason leading up to the 2019-20 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Patrick Marleau to the Carolina Hurricanes along with a first and seventh-round pick. A trade of that nature might be a good play.