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Islanders Start Free Agency by Letting Pending UFAs Walk

Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
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Free Agency began today at noon and the New York Islanders have not re-signed any of their pending unrestricted free agents and they all are on the market.

The New York Islanders went into this offseason having five restricted free agents, who were on the NHL roster throughout the year, and they had a couple of weeks to get a deal done with those players. Those UFAs included forwards Matt Martin, Tom Kuhnhackl, Derick Brassard, defenseman Andy Greene, and goalie Thomas Greiss.

The NHL released their Free Agent List, just before noon today, and all five of these players are on the list as group three unrestricted free agents. This means that the Islanders did not get a deal done with any of the players and they are on the open market for any team to strike a deal with one of those players.

The Islanders have some salary cap issues and have three major restricted free agents (Mathew Barzal, Devon Toews, and Ryan Pulock), who they still need to work out contracts with. These players are subject to offer sheets from other teams.

The Islanders are still open to talking to all of their former players that are now in free agency and can re-sign them. According to Arthur Staple, we may see happen with Matt Martin.

It will be interesting to see what happens today on the first day of free agency around the NHL and who the Isles may hold talks with and sign for this upcoming season.

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