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  • #16
    Originally posted by Bossy573 View Post
    $650 million expansion fee. That is insane.
    Is Garth on their short list for the GM position?


    • #17
      Originally posted by 31GOALIE31 View Post

      Is Garth on their short list for the GM position?
      Actually a serious question.....
      The object is to win. Not just to compete, but to win.


      • #18
        Originally posted by Bossy573 View Post

        Actually a serious question.....
        That couldn't pay him enough to leave his current contract
        THE Boards Token Canadian Fan


        • #19
          Interesting speculation from Staple. Of course it will surely look very different 2 years from now, but still.

          How the Seattle expansion draft in 2021 could potentially affect the Islanders

          The​ Seattle expansion​ draft is​ a long​ way off. But it’s​ never​ too early to​ look ahead and​​ see what the Islanders’ protected list will look like — especially since they have quite a few veterans whose contracts run into that 2021-22 season, which will not only be Seattle’s first in the NHL, but also the (projected) first Islanders season at their new Belmont Park home.

          The Islanders won’t want to be weakened in any way heading into that arena unveiling, so that expansion draft can’t be a miss.
          The protected list

          Mathew Barzal — A no-brainer who’ll just have completed the first year of what’s sure to be a long, lucrative second contract.

          Anders Lee — One of the only Islanders who’ll end up being on both protected lists. If, as expected, he signs a long-term deal in the coming months, the Isles captain will still be the leader of the pack at age 31.

          Anthony Beauvillier — He’ll be on his second, far-less-lucrative contract than his good friend Barzal, but he’s still the only other under-25 forward who’s played meaningful NHL time. He’ll still be around.

          Casey Cizikas — He’ll be a free agent heading into 2021-22, but he’ll still be 30 and is exactly the sort of player Lamoriello and Trotz will want around long term.

          Josh Bailey — He’ll be midway through his current six-year contract worth $5 million in average annual value. He’ll be 31, not young anymore, but he’s still a valuable member of the core.

          Kieffer Bellows — Certainly by next season the Islanders will know what they have in the 2017 first-rounder. Even if he’s not lighting up NHL goaltenders three years from now, he’ll only be 23, too young to hand away for nothing.

          Otto Koivula — The big Finnish forward is still getting his feet wet in North America this year but by 2021 he could be an impact player for the Islanders.

          Devon Toews — He may not be an Islander yet, but he will be soon. And by 2021, Toews may be the mainstay LHD on the Islander blue line.

          Ryan Pulock — He was the subject of much intrigue the last time an expansion draft rolled around, but there’s no debate this time. He needs to be protected, obviously, and he will.

          Parker Wotherspoon — The sort of slow, steady climber who could be a good second or third-pair player in three years.

          Ilya Sorokin — He has to come over sometime, right? That could be sooner rather than later. His expansion-draft exemption depends on when he does arrive in the NHL, but considering there’s no other goalie in the organization signed through the expansion draft who needs protecting, we’ll stick Sorokin here and see how it shakes out.
          “Individual players win games, but teams win championships"