The New York Islanders, and the NHL trade market, have been extremely quiet recently. As a result, it’s led to a lot of speculation when coming to what this team is going to look like come training camp in just a few short weeks.
Well, CapFriendly has this awesome tool, Armchair-GM, that allows you to make roster moves to a team. What I wanted to do today was look at some ones featuring the Islanders and give them a grade.
Team 1: ChrisNapoleon
On this team, we see quite a bit of turnover on the roster. In terms of signings, the user has the following UFA contracts:
Zach Parise – 1-year $750,000
Travis Zajac – 1-year $750,000
Kyle Palmieri – 5-years $4.5 million AAV
Casey Cizikas – 6-years $2.55 million AAV
Bobo Carpenter – 2-years $750,000 AAV
Tanner Fritz – 2-years $750,000 AAV
The last two are clearly just AHL depth moves, while the rest seems fairly accurate outside of the Cizikas deal. It’s all but confirmed that he’s at $2.5 million not $2.55 million but other than that the deals for Palmieri, Zajac, and Parise seem pretty spot on.
The RFA contracts begin to make a little less sense to me:
Anthony Beauvillier – 4-years $3.5 million AAV
Kieffer Bellows – 4-years $1.45 million AAV
Anatoly Golyshev – 2-years $1.45 million AAV
Otto Koivula – 2-years $850,000 AAV
Ilya Sorokin – 5-years $3.5 million AAV
I have a lot of thoughts here. Anthony Beauvillier is too low, his floor is $4 million AAV. What have Kieffer Bellows and Anatoly Golyshev done to yield a cap hit over $1 million? Otto Koivula’s is fine but why would Sorokin lock himself into that number for more than two years?
A two-year bridge deal seems much more likely than signing Sorokin to a deal that’s three or more years.
Why would the Isles dump Skarek for basically nothing? The Flyers aren’t trading Konecny, much less to a division rival, and why would Toronto take on Leo Komarov AND Thomas Hickey. I don’t think any of these three trades are realistic.
Final Grade: C-