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Islanders RFAs: What’s the story on all 2021 restricted free agents

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Ilya Sorokin #30 and Adam Pelech #3 of the New York Islanders skate against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum on April 11, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Ilya Sorokin #30 and Adam Pelech #3 of the New York Islanders skate against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum on April 11, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders Michael Dal Colle (28) (Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Regular Roster Players

(Any player with a * has arbitration rights)

Anthony Beauvillier*
Qualifying Offer: $2.4 million

There’s no reason for Beauvillier to leave. He followed up an incredible 2020 playoff run by putting up his best regular-season performance since he entered the league in 2016-17. With 28 points in 47 games, Beau was on a 49 point pace over a full 82 games.

After years of inconsistent play, Beauvillier put up a consistent performance alongside Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey. What that means for a payday will be interesting. But he’s staying.

Adam Pelech*
Qualifying Offer: $2.5 million

Pay him what he wants, right?

Obviously, that’s not meant literally, but more as a nod to how important Adam Pelech is to the New York Islanders. Both sides want to keep up their relationship. So it’s not a matter of if, but how much with Pelech.

I believe his deal will be $4.5 million AAV over four years. You?

Ilya Sorokin*
Qualifying Offer: $1 million

What a rookie season for Sorokin. It started terribly, but he got to the point where he looked like the elite-level goalie we all knew he could be. He played so well that’s it’s possible the Islanders try and move Semyon Varlamov to (a) make some cap space and (b) give the reigns to Sorokin.

Remember, Lou has no problem moving on from a Vezina caliber goalie. He did it with Robin Lehner, and the Isles didn’t miss a beat.

His qualifying offer is less than his $2 million cap hit, why? He was only getting a $1 million base salary. The other million was a signing bonus.

Michael Dal Colle*
Qualifying Offer: $750,000 (two-way)

What’s going to happen with Dal Colle? At best he seems like a 13th forward on this team. Which isn’t what anyone was hoping for when he was drafted fifth overall in 2014, but it is what it is.

We’ll see what he gets. Though a $750,000 deal, like his qualifying offer, seems perfect. No?

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