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NHL Rumors: New York Islanders – Keys To The Offseason With Lots Of Salary Cap Space

Looking at the keys to the New York Islanders offseason, who have lots of cap space but some free agents to take of.
Keys to the New York Islanders offseason

Emily Kaplan and Chris Peters: Looking at keys to the New York Islanders offseason.

To re-sign or not to re-sign: Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson are all pending unrestricted free agents for the Islanders.

The sticking point for Eberle could be term.

Nelson had a career year with 25 goals and 53 points as the teams No. 1 center. He’ll be looking for a raise from his $4.25 million.

Shouldn’t be a surprise if the Islanders bring Valtteri Filppula back on a one-year deal.

Cement the goaltendingRobin Lehner is a pending UFA who will be looking for a raise from the $1.5 million he made last year. Thomas Greiss has a year left on his deal. Top prospect Ilya Sorokin could come to North America.

If Sorokin makes the Islanders, they could look to trade Greiss.

A wild card move would be going after pending UFA Sergei Bobrovsky.

Dabble in free agency? You don’t make much on GM Lou Lamoriello’s plans. After re-signing some of the own free agents, they should have the salary cap space to add a defenseman and maybe take a run at Artemi Panarin. Matt Duchene could be an option.

The Islanders could have cap space to burn

Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Aside from Matthew Barzal the Islanders lack “upper-echelon, high-octane offensive talent.”

Jordan Eberle is essentially gone.

The Islanders could have upwards of $34 million in salary cap space to re-sign their own and other pending free agents.

GM Lou Lamoriello could get into a bidding war with the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers for Artemi Panarin.

Could they offer sheet Toronto Maple Leafs Mitch Marner?

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