NY Islanders re-sign Engvall, Mayfield, Varlamov and extend Sorokin

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After a quiet free agent frenzy in 2022, the NY Islanders have been active in 2023, re-signing Pierre Engvall, Scott Mayfield, Semyon Varlamov, and extending Ilya Sorokin.

The news came fast and furious, with The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta being the first to report Sorokin's deal. The Vezina Trophy runner-up has agreed to continue his career with the Isles, finalizing an eight-year extension kicking in at the start of the 2024-25 season at an AAV of $8.25M.

The Isles only acquisition just before last season's trade deadline, Engvall was a difference maker for the Isles in their late-season playoff push into the playoffs. The 6'5" speedster's skating was everpresent for the Isles in the few months with the team, making him a priority for Lou Lamoriello. Engvall's deal will run over seven seasons at an AAV of just $3M.

Coming up with the Isles after being drafted in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft, Mayfield agreed to a 7-year deal with a $3.5M AAV to remain on Long Island, continuing in his role as the Isles' most physical blue liner and third-pairing right-handed defenseman. Mayfield made it known he wished to remain with the team, as he and his wife had set up a life for themselves and didn't wish to uproot their family.

As reported earlier, Varlamov agreed to an extension which is now confirmed to be a four-year deal, as he and Sorokin will continue as one of the best duos the league has to offer.

With the contracts given out, the question remains of whether Lamoriello and his staff will turn their attention to Alex DeBrincat. In order to get a deal done, further deals will need to get done to fit the former 40-goal scorer and the impending extension that will need to come along with it.