Nick Leddy is on the trade block so what does that mean for the New York Islanders? And what does it mean that they OK with moving him?
The New York Islanders are shopping Nick Leddy. Their top-four defender is on the trading block in order for the Islanders to make some room on the salary cap. Remember, Leddy carries a $5.5 million cap hit for the 2021-22 year.
The Isles only have $5.786 million in cap space before the next season. And that’s without Johnny Boychuk‘s $6 million that’s currently on LTIR and that will remain there in 21-22.
But with Adam Pelech, Ilya Sorokin, and Anthony Beauvillier needing new contracts that roughly $12 million in cap space is all accounted for. More space will be required to keep what the Isles have and to make improvements on a team that’s been to back-to-back semifinals.
Moving Leddy opens up some valuable cap space for the Isles to do what they need to do in order to keep their core and continue pushing for that Stanley Cup.
But moving Leddy is a bold decision. He’s a top-four defenseman and top offensive puck mover from the blueline. So what does it mean that the Isles are willing to move him? Here’s what I take away from the Isles decision to actively shop Nick Leddy.