It's been just over 24 hours since the start of free agency, and the NY Islanders have already completed the majority of their off-season business. During his "end of season" press conference in early June, Isles' Gm Lou Lamoriello stated that the organization's main priorities were to re-sign the teams impending free agents Scott Mayfield, Semyon Varlamov, Pierre Engvall, and Zach Parise.
With three of the four now under contract for the foreseeable future, the Islanders' opening night roster is beginning to take shape. Restricted free agent Oliver Wahlstrom was extended a qualifying offer of $874,125 as per Cap Friendly, and there remains hope Parise will push off retirement for at least another season.
Perhaps the biggest and most unexpected news of the day was the extension of Vezina Trophy runner-up Ilya Sorokin. Heading into the final year of a three-year deal with an AAV of $4M, Sorokin wasted no time committing the next eight years to remain on Long Island, inking a new contract on the first day eligible to sign an extension.
As mixed reviews surrounding the contracts litter social media, we offer our grade on the four deals struck by Lamoriello.