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Things have been fairly quiet with the New York Islanders recently, but here are this week’s updates:
Josh Ho-Sang signed a one-year extension with the New York Islanders this week, worth $700,000. It’ll be interesting to see whether he’s able to climb back up the organizational depth chart this season.
KOIVULA OFF TO A STRONG START IN FINLAND
Islanders prospect Otto Koivula is off to a strong start in Finland’s highest professional league. Koivula has two goals and five points in seven games to start the year.
TOEWS SIGNS WITH AVALANCHE
Former Islander Devon Toews signed a four-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche this week, with a $4.1 million AAV. It was interesting to see what price it would have taken to get a deal done with Toews and the AAV for his four-year deal ended up being very similar to what I had projected earlier this year.
PULOCK’S ARBITRATION HEARING SET FOR FRIDAY
There are two key players on the team still in need of an extension and with Ryan Pulock’s arbitration hearing set for Friday, one of them will be resolved soon. Just because Pulock and the Islanders have a hearing set, however, doesn’t mean that a deal can’t be worked out before then.
As for last week’s polls, here are the results and my thoughts on how they turned out:
QUESTION: Do you think A.J. Greer will play games with the Islanders this season?
Acquiring Greer for a defensive prospect who was never going to get a chance with the Islanders was a win for the team. Greer is still young and while I think he’s likely to start in the AHL, he could get a shot with New York later in the year.
QUESTION: Which contract do you think is most likely to be moved?
Johnny Boychuk: 53%
Leo Komarov: 26%
Cal Clutterbuck: 22%
Obviously, the goal would be to get Boychuk’s contract off the books, given that it would clear the most cap space. However, that may not be likely and if it becomes clear that nobody will take on Boychuk’s contract for a reasonable price, the focus could shift to dealing Clutterbuck or Komarov.
QUESTION: Will Josh Ho-Sang play another game with the New York Islanders?
Considering the (seemingly) strained relationship between the team and the player, there’s certainly a chance Ho-Sang won’t suit up for the Islanders again. That said, the Islanders did qualify him and given their lack of NHL-ready forward prospects, he could get another opportunity, with a strong showing in the minors.
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