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Islanders UFAs: Whats the story on all 2021 unrestricted free agents

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New York Islanders scores at 16:07 of the second period against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Second Round of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum on June 09, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New York Islanders scores at 16:07 of the second period against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Second Round of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum on June 09, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders forward Joshua Ho-Sang (66) (Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Non-Roster Players

Cole Bardreau

One of the few bright lights in Bridgeport this year was Cole Bardreau. The veteran forward lead the team in goals (10) and points (16) last year. Maybe a two-way league minimum deal is in order for the soon-to-be 28-year-old.

Josh Ho-Sang

This is the end of the road between Josh Ho-Sang and the New York Islanders. Josh will be a group 6 UFA after not meeting the minimum number of NHL games played to continue as an RFA.

Look, it was worth a shot for the Islanders to draft Josh Ho-Sang with the 28th overall pick in 2014. It didn’t work out of course but had it worked out, the Islander could have had one heck of a player on their hands.

I still think Ho-Sang could be a heck of an NHL player in the right circumstances. But that wasn’t on the Island.

Tanner Fritz

Tanner Fritz made $950,000 playing in the AHL over the last two years. Clearly, the Islanders thought he could be a big player for them in the minors (and maybe even push for an NHL spot), that didn’t happen. For either.

Fritz played 24 games across both seasons scoring six points.

Maybe they bring him back as a veteran bottom-six center, but his payday won’t nearly be as high as it was the past two years.

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