Islanders Grading CapFriendly Armchair-GM’s

By Matt O'Leary
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Jun 19, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders center Josh Bailey (12) skates during warm ups before game four of the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports /

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

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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-