The New York Islanders announced four signings as free agency opened on July 1st, and more details about how the contracts are constructed are now known.
Defenseman Scott Mayfield and forward Pierre Engvall were signed to seven-year contracts and goaltender Semyon Varlamov was brought back on a four-year deal. Meanwhile, the largest deal of the day was the eight-year extension for All-Star goaltender and Vezina finalist Ilya Sorokin.
After the signings were confirmed, we waited patiently for the term. Then, after that, the all-important AAV. However, one piece of information that doesn't generate nearly the same attention as those details is the trade clauses associated with each of the contracts.
Scott Mayfield (7 years, $24.5M, $3.5M AAV)
Mayfield has a full No Trade Clause (NTC) through the 2026-27 season. After that, the right-handed defenseman, who was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft, will submit a 16-team no-trade list through the remainder of the contract that goes to the 2029-30 season.
Pierre Engvall (7 years, $21M, $3M AAV)
Unlike Mayfield, Engvall does not have a period of his seven-year contract that is a full NTC. Rather, he has a modified NTC and will submit a 16-team list before each season.
Semyon Varlamov (4 years, $11M, $2.75 AAV)
Varlamov deal is a 35+ contract. That's important because since the 2020 CBA, if a player that is 35 years of age or older at the time of his contract retires, the cap hit disappears.
The veteran goaltender, who has been with the Islanders since the 2019-20 season, has a full NTC the first two years of his new deal and a M-NTC with a 16-team submission list the final two years.
Ilya Sorokin (8 years, $66M, $8.25M AAV)
Sorkin will finish the final year of the three-year contract he signed before the start of the 2021-22 season. After that, his new eight-year contract extension comes with a full NTC for the first four years of the contract through the 2027-28 season. After that, Sorokin will have an M-NTC and submit a 16-team no-trade list to the team through 2031-32.