Tons of Space ($3+ million)
Not Going to Happen
Nick Leddy: $4.25 million
Anders Lee: $3.627 million
Josh Bailey: $3.585 million
Jean-Gabriel Pageau: $3.444 million
Brock Nelson: $3.333 million
Jordan Eberle: $3.062 million
In this tier, you see a number of players that have recently signed big-money deals on long-term contracts with the Islanders. Guys like Anders Lee (7 years $49 million), Brock Nelson (6 years $36 million), and Jordan Eberle (5 years $27.5 million).
The other names here are all part of the Islanders veteran core. Bailey, Eberle, Lee, Nelson, or Pageau are in no danger of having their deals bought out by the Islanders. Nor is Jean-Gabriel Pageau who’s been incredible since he arrived and hasn’t yet played a single game under his six-year deal with the Isles.
The Islanders will clearly be able to move Nick Leddy via trade rather than have to buy out his contract. They might not get a great return to him, but they could likely get a second-round pick in return while moving his full $5.5 million cap hit through that 2021-22 season.