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On Black Friday, you wake up to dozens, if not hundreds, of e-mails from every website you've ever visited offering you a special offer that you must act on now! The New York Islanders team site is offering discounts on their merchandise, too, but rather than look at apparel, we thought we'd take a look at some of the better roster discounts the team has during the 2023-24 season.
Here's a list of the 3 best deals on the Islanders roster for the 2023-24 season:
Brock Nelson - $6M AAV
GM Lou Lamoriello signed a 27-year-old Nelson to a six-year extension after a productive 2018-19 season that saw him score 25 goals and finish with 53 total points, the third-best point total on the team. Prior to Barry Trotz arriving, the jury was out as to whether Nelson could earn that type of long-term commitment from the Islanders or any other team.
He had always shown an ability to score but would go either long stretches of games or the season without being noticed. Trotz turned him into more of a complete and consistent player and a quiet sniper who has turned into the team's most reliable goal-scorer.
Nelson is the fourth-highest-paid forward on the team behind Mathew Barzal, Bo Horvat, and captain Anders Lee, but he has arguably been the most productive since he signed that extension. He was named a first-time All-Star last season, and after posting 37 and 36 goals over the last two years, he leads the team with 10 through 18 games, including two vs. Philadelphia on Wednesday.
His next contract will be an interesting one. He's an UFA after the 2024-25 season, and it will be interesting to see what an increased salary cap means for a player in his mid-30s who is still able to score 30 goals a season.