7 Years, $3.5M
Spending his entire career with the Islanders on team-friendly contracts, it was time for Mayfield to chase a paycheck as there was the potential of him earning around $5M a season by relocating from the only home his known during his professional career.
Mayfield never wanted to leave the Islanders, as he and his wife have become comfortable building a life together on Long Island.
"My mind is still the same as what it's been. I love it here, my wife loves it here," said Mayfield while discussing the potential of free agency. "We have our house, not too far from the rink, it's a great setup. My mindset is the same. This is where I want to be and we'll see what happens."
Mayfield stayed true to his word, agreeing to remain with the Islanders for seven more seasons, earning $3.5M annually. The term is lengthy, but the price tag is lower than he may have received on the open market. As mentioned earlier, the salary cap is expected to rise once again in a year, making it easy to bury Mayfield's contract or buy him out if his play deteriorates towards the back end of the deal.