Islanders buyout tiers for current roster: Not many good options

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 05: Cal Clutterbuck #15 and Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders celebrate with teammates after scoring in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center on November 5, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Some Space ($1 – $2.9 million)

Could Happen

Cal Clutterbuck: $1.667 million

Not Going to Happen

Casey Cizikas: $2.667 million
Semyon Varlamov: $2.444 million
Adam Pelech: $2.083 million
Anthony Beauvillier: $2.000 million

It’s funny that buying out Adam Pelech’s deal would give the team more cap space than, say, trading him. Pelech has one more year on a four-year $6.4 million contract he signed in 2017. That’s a $1.6 million cap hit, a buyout would open up $2.083 million on the salary cap.

Of course, the Islanders shouldn’t and wouldn’t buy out their best defensive defenseman in the name of saving some space on the cap. Nor would they entertain the notion of trading him without some sort of knock-your-socks-off deal.

The only name that makes sense for a buyout in this tier is Cal Clutterbuck.

The 32-year-old and 12 years NHL veteran can be replaced on the roster with other more affordable options. Cole Bardreau, who’s a right-shot, could step in on the right of the fourth-line. Michael Dal Colle is a left shot but he’s spent time on the right side.