The Long wait is over, the New York Islanders have finally re-signed Mathew Barzal. The contract is for three years, worth $21 million. The first year of the contract is only going to cost the Islanders $4 million. Year two of the contract will be worth $7 million, and year three will be worth $10 million.
Barzal returned to practice today and has already scored a goal. The Islanders season starts on January 14th vs the New York Rangers. Barzal will most certainly be in the lineup on that night at Madison Square Garden. He is undoubtedly the best player on the team, so it’s a relief to the Islanders that the deal is done. After the 2022-23 Season, Mathew Barzal will enter Restricted Free Agency again. He will not be an unrestricted free agent.
As for the rest of the roster, Andy Greene, Cory Schnieder, and Tom Kuhnhackl will definitely get their new contracts before opening night. The Islanders will receive an extra $6 million on January 12th. Johnny Boychuk will be officially placed on Long-Term Injured Reserve.
As of today, the Islanders undoubtedly seem more ready for the start of the season. The Barzal contract talks were holding things up. As Long Island rejoices, Lou Lamoriello did what he had to do. The first week of training camp felt very weird, considering Barzal was not in the building as he was waiting for a contact.
The Islanders keep their star player. All of the John Tavares comparisons can go out the window for now because Mathew Barzal isn’t leaving at this time.