The New York Islanders have extended defenseman Robin Salo and Sebastian Aho to two-year extensions, and Grant Hutton to a three-year extension. Salo's contract carries an $800K AAV and Aho's carries an $825K AAV. This comes after the Islanders acquired defenseman Alexander Romanov from the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
All of Salo, Aho, and Hutton are question marks headed into the 2022-23 season. Salo played 21 games for the Isles last season scoring a goal and four assits, Aho has played 61 games for the Islanders accross three seasons scoring four goals and 14 assists, and Hutton played 16 games with the Isles just last season scoring one goal. When Salo signed his two-year entry-level contract, the anticipation was the he'd be an NHL regular by the latter half of his deal. He finished the season with the AHL Bridgeport Islanders where he played 40 games and totaled four goals and 16 assists.
Aho was mostly a healthy scratch for the Islanders during the 2021-22 season, getting the majority of his playing time filling in for players in COVID protocol or injury. Hutton was a strong, steady showing in his abbreviated stint and has an outside chance at a bottom pair or seventh defenseman role. All three of Salo, Aho, and Hutton will compete at training camp for a roster spot with the varsity Islanders.
The Islanders did some extra maintenance as well, signing Otto Koivula, Jeff Kubiak, Andy Andreoff, and Ken Appleby to extensions. They are all likely Bridgeport bound.