The NHL and NHLPA have allegedly come to an agreement on player contracts that are set to expire. Here’s how it impacts the Islanders.
With the NHL season still on pause until July, the NHL and NHLPA had to decide what to do with contracts that were due to expire on June 30. Due to the unique circumstances with COVID-19, the season will continue to go onward past that date.
It was expected, but CapFriendly is reporting that a tentative agreement on contracts has been agreed upon by the NHLPA and NHL.
The contracts are expected to be extended to late October or early November:
So that means anyone on a contract that’s set to expire, regardless of expiring status, will remain under contract until the season is complete. Whichever date is agreed upon in late October or early November will signify the end of the season.
For the Islanders, Matt Martin, Derick Brassard, Tom Kuhnhackl, Andy Greene, and Thomas Greiss are set to expire as UFAs. While Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Devon Toews will expire as RFAs.
This update doesn’t include info on Ilya Sorokin’s situation, and whether or not players like him will be able to sign for this year. If that’s the case, and he’s able to sign for this year, we can include him in the list of RFAs as well.
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So far, it seems like the NHL has handled the return to play the smoothest out of all the four major sports. Maybe the MLB, NFL, and NBA can take note.