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Islanders should sign Adam Pelech and Anthony Beauvillier now

By Christopher Lizza
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Adam Pelech #50 of the New York Islanders skates against the Vancouver Canucks at the Barclays Center on November 7, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Canucks 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Adam Pelech #50 of the New York Islanders skates against the Vancouver Canucks at the Barclays Center on November 7, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Canucks 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders have a long to-do list this offseason. Part of that agenda should be signing Adam Pelech and Anthony Beauvillier to extensions.

The New York Islanders Lou Lamoriello is very busy this offseason. One of those items is signing the Isle’s current restricted free agents in Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock. Lamoriello should also sign his RFA’s next year this offseason.

Both Adam Pelech and Anthony Beauvillier will be RFA’s after the upcoming 2020-21 season. Now is the time to get that duo signed and locked up.

When it comes to successful moves made by prior GM Garth Snow one could point to him signing and locking up certain players to long-term extensions. These signings winded up being Home Runs in terms of the salary cap.

On the current roster, you can point to the current contracts of Pelech ($1.6 million) and

Scott Mayfield

($1.45 million). Other excellent deals under Snow included John Tavares ($5.5 million) and Travis Hamonic ($3.9 million).

A big reason why Snow was able to get a huge haul for Hamonic was on top of being a top-four blueliner in his twenties, Travis had a great cap number. That resulted in the Islanders landing a first-round pick (2018) as well as two second-rounders from Calgary (2018 & 2019).

So locking up their guys has paid huge dividends for the blue and orange.

Win for Both

With still a year to go before becoming restricted free agents, there is a big incentive for players to get a new deal done. That was the case even before 2020 where we now live in a Covid world.

The player can get guaranteed security and not have to worry about his future contract or a major injury impacting it. Now more than ever this is very attractive.

Lamoriello can offer this to both Pelech and Beauvillier and in return, the Isles can sign this duo to reasonable cap numbers.

Pelech has already shown he is willing to sign such a deal. Back in the summer of 2017 Pelech signed his current contract which was a four-year deal with an annual average value of $1.6 million. Pelech is coming off a season where he had a couple of major injuries. Given those factors, one would think Pelech would be open to signing a new deal now.

Not sure where Beauvillier’s stance would be on this but again given the state of things today one would think any player would give this serious consideration.

What could be appealing to both Pelech and Beauvillier is to make part of their new deals include signing bonuses. A signing bonus is a big incentive for players in case seasons get shortened (like this coming season and maybe the year after) and taking into account the escrow issue.

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Signing Pelech and Beauvillier to extensions this offseason could be a win-win for both players as well as the Islanders.

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