The New York Islanders have re-signed veteran defenseman Andy Greene to a one-year league-minimum deal for the 2021 season.
The closer we get the more learn of the deals Lou Lamoriello worked out with some of the UFA New York Islanders fans were told he signed. On Monday, news came out that Andy Greene‘s reported one-year deal with the team was for a league-minimum $700,000.
Greene was a great addition a few weeks before the 2020 trade deadline. The Islanders sent a 2021 second-round pick and defensive prospect David Quenneville to the New Jersey Devils for a player Lou himself brought into the league.
Sliding into the squad for an injured
during the regular season and then for an injured Boychuk come the playoffs, Greene’s steady play in the defensive zone helped the Islanders push to the Eastern Conference Finals. That’s why Lou decided to bring him back for another year.
That’s not the only reason of course (but it’s a big one). Greene will sit on the Islanders third pair with Noah Dobson. The two had great chemistry leading up to the playoffs. Trotz even mused that the duo were as good as any of the D-pairs on the team at the time.
Greene gives Dobson a steady veteran mentor to show him the ropes as he skates in his first true NHL season for the Isles.
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Getting Greene at a league-minimum helps the Islanders round out their roster on the cheap. With the Isles right up against the cap and will likely need to use as much of Johnny Boychuk‘s LTIR salary as possible, Greene’s deal should help them do so.
I don’t want to try and figure out exactly how everything is going to work out on the cap because there are so many moving parts and variables to consider. We’re all just going to have to wait until the season officially opens to see how Lou is going to navigate the salary cap.