After reaching the Eastern Conference finals last season, the Islanders made some difficult decisions during the offseason. Including the salary cap and the 2020-21 lineup. The Islanders did renew a two-year contract with restricted free agent guard Ryan Proctor. But they traded guard Devin Toys to Colorado in exchange for a pair of draft picks. The islanders are more willing to keep Toews, but the economic reality is that they simply can’t do it. “Devon is not what we want to do at all,” the Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said on a media conference call.
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Now this offseason, after playing again in the last four games of the NH, the Islanders have to make some difficult decisions. They are facing a salary cap problem with guard Adam Pelech, forward Anthony Beauvillier, and goalkeeper Yili Three. And restricted free agents in Ya Sorokin. All three players are an important part of the islanders now and in the future. So our goal is to find a way to bring them all back. “We have no intention of letting these three restricted free agents not be signed,” Lamoriello said.
The way hockey works now, it’s impossible to bring back the entire lineup. But when you have a core team that has won six playoff series in the past three seasons and knocked on the door to compete for the Stanley Cup. The goal is to make as much as possible to keep the band together. It is less than a week before the Islanders lost heartbreaking 1-0 to Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup semi-finals. So contract negotiations are not the most important right now.
“This is something I didn’t think about too much,” said Pelech. He has become one of the best defensive players in the NHL. “Everyone wants this team to be united. We think we have something special here. We want this team to move on, no matter what happens. I am very happy to be a part of this team and continue. go ahead.” During the regular season, Pelech scored 4 goals and 10 assists, scored 14 points, and tied for the team lead with +15. In the playoffs, Pelech once again became a rock for the Islanders, helping them defeat the Penguins and Bruins in the playoffs series.
The Islanders failed to end their last season at the Nassau Stadium with the Stanley Cup title, but the last game there must be memorable. In the sixth game of the Stanley Cup semi-final, Anthony Beauvillier’s overtime goal allowed the Islanders to defeat the Chargers 3-2, forcing them to enter the seventh game. “It became a lunatic asylum. Beauvilliers scored 15 goals, 13 assists, and 28 points in the regular season, and tied for second place with 13 points in the playoffs. “Obviously I want to stay here and keep the team together,” Beauvilliers said. “We have a special bond here. Everyone wants to win together. We have experienced a lot together.”
The islanders waited for a long time before Sorokin came to Long Island from Russia. Nicknamed the “White Whale” because it has been difficult to attract him for many years, the third round of the 2014 draft of the Islanders performed well in his rookie season, with a record of 13 wins and 6 losses consistent with the average number of goals scored 2.17 And 3 are off. In the playoffs, he won all four games against the Penguins in the opening game. He enjoyed his first NHL season, but he has not worried about a new deal. “I don’t think about this,” Sorokin said. “My job is to stop ice hockey. I don’t think about a new contract. For islanders, this will be a busy off-season.
They must try to keep their RFA, but they also want to bring back unrestricted free agents Casey Cizikas and Kyle Palmieri. This should be a fun summer, we will see what Lou Lamoriello plans.
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