After over a week of silence, there is finally some Islanders news. The news came today Oct. 27, because today marked the start of the NHL’s arbitration hearings. The Islanders had three players who filed for arbitration earlier in October. Those players were Ryan Pulock, Devon Toews, and Josh Ho-Sang. After the news of Devon Toews filing for arbitration, Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello was forced to trade him. The trade sent Toews to the Colorado Avalanche for two 2nd round picks. Both Ho-Sang and Toews had their arbitration hearing and signed contracts today. Ryan Pulock’s arbitration hearing will take place on Nov. 6th.
The Ho-Sang Contract
Josh Ho-Sang signed a one-year deal worth $700,00 if he plays in the NHL or $225,00 if he plays in the AHL. Ho-Sang has struggled to make the Islanders roster full time for several years. He was looked at as a potential star for the Islanders when he first came up with the team. But he has unperformed, whether he’s in the NHL or AHL. Even though it was rumored that he may have signed in the KHL, Ho-Sang made it clear that his dream was to play in the NHL. Statistically, in his 53 career games, Ho-Sang has scored seven goals, with 17 assists for a total of 24 points. Not awful, but he needs to play better if he wants to stabilize his time in the NHL. That being said, this year may be Ho-Sang’s final chance to make the Islanders’ roster.
Colorado Signs Toews to a 4 year, $4.1 contract
As said before, on October 12th the Islanders traded defenseman Devon Toews to Colorado for two second-round picks. Toews signed a four year $4.1 million contract after going through arbitration. It makes sense why Lou Lamoriello had to trade Toews because of arbitration. There was no way the Islanders could’ve paid $4.1 million for Toews. Even though Toews was a really effective player for the Islanders, players like Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock were more important to keep. Toews will be effective in an already solid Colorado defensive group, which includes players such as Cale Maker. This is the perfect system for the 26-year-old left-handed defenseman.
The Islanders Salary Cap Situation
With Ryan Pulock’s November 6th arbitration date inches closer, the Islanders are in need to clear some cap space. Any of the contracts of Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Andrew Ladd, and Leo Komarov have to go. It’d be really irresponsible of Lamoriello to only leave the Islanders with their current $8,905,833 of cap space going into November 6th. Assuming that Pulock will get somewhere in the range of $5.5 million and $6 million, the Islanders will need a lot of cap space for Mathew Barzal. Also, it is likely that Andy Greene and Matt Martin re-sign, so the Islanders will need space for them too. The main idea of this is that the Islanders will need to trade away some cap space soon. Even then, Lou Lamoriello is in no rush.