Turning our attention to the New York Islanders offseason, what do the Islanders do with their seven restricted free agents? Do they sign them? And if so how much?
The 2017-18 season has nine games to go for the New York Islanders. But we’re already ready to look forward to the 2018-19 NHL season.
Going into the offseason, the Islanders have seven notable free agents on the roster. I say notable because I wanted to not only focus on players on the regular roster but Devon Toews in the AHL as well.
What should the Islanders do with their restricted free agents? We assume they’re going to tend qualifying offers to all of them. Even for a player like Shane Prince, it doesn’t make sense to just let him walk for nothing.
If they were going to sign these players what would that contract look like? Do the Islanders take a chance with Devon Toews at the NHL level and give him a Mayfield type deal?
What about Brock Nelson? He might yet hit 20 goals for the third season in a row. Does that warrant a substantial raise, even if he completely disappears during the sunless winter months?
And how about Ryan Pulock? he’s quietly put together a solid season at the NHL level. What’s the next step for him? Do they lock him up long-term, or do they tender him a short offer to see if he can duplicate it?