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Isles 2021-22

Created by: slapshot723
Initial Creation Date: Jun 8, 2021
Published: Jun 9 at 10:47
Team: 2021-22 New York Islanders
Team Explanation
Expansion

Seattle claims Nick Leddy. Out of everyone available, Leddy makes the most sense for Seattle. They could claim Bellows, Koivula, Aho, or Dal Colle, but Leddy is a legit top-4 offensive LHD with only one year left on his deal. I think he would re-sign at his current deal or even less if he enjoys Seattle. Or even better, they could move him right after claiming to a team that could use him (Buffalo, Arizona, NJD, LA, WPG, Toronto, Columbus to name a few).

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NYI-SJS (based on https://www.capfriendly.com/armchair-gm/team/2457334)

Isles get a 2nd/3rd pairing LHD on a reasonable contract in Radim Simek, and a nice, two-way, versatile forward in Ryan Donato. Both these guys would really solidify the roster. Donato signs his QO here of one year, $2.15M. Chances are to save cap, he would not be qualified (not sure if he's QO eligible) or re-signed in 2022-23.

San Jose gets a starting goalie in Semyon Varlamov, at minimum someone who can tandem with Martin Jones. They also get Michael Dal Colle, a guy who can sign at the league minimum and maybe get a better role suited for him in a nice change of scenery. He's at least a good project for a team like San Jose to take on.

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NYI-VGK

Isles get Brayden McNabb, a defensive LHD on an expiring contract who could pair very nicely with Noah Dobson, especially since Andy Greene will likely retire. Isles also get Nicolas Roy, a young-ish two-way center with offensive potential and can replace Casey Cizikas, who will likely be too expensive to bring back. McNabb would be a one-year rental, with Robin Salo or Samuel Bolduc ready to fight for that spot.

Vegas gets Kieffer Bellows, who can provide third-line production on his QO ($874,125 based on CapFriendly's QO calculator). He'd play with Cody Glass, his center in Juniors where they had tremendous success (Bellows 41 goals, 74 points in 56 games; Glass 102 points in 64 games). A potential third line of Bellows-Glass-Tuch could be filthy. They also would save a tiny bit of cap space, which they could use to just have, or they could even go after Eichel (that's at least what I'm hoping for, a line of Pacioretty-Eichel-Stone would dominate the NHL).

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Other Notes:
- Anthony Beauvillier signed to a four-year deal with a $4.1M cap hit. Basically the forward version of the Devon Toews contract.
- Adam Pelech signed to a six-year deal with a $4.4M cap hit. I used guys like Jakob Chychrun, Marcus Pettersson, John Marino, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Rasmus Andersson as direction here.
- Ilya Sorokin signed to a two-year deal with a $4M cap hit. I figured the Elvis Merzlikins deal was comparable enough here.
- Devan Dubnyk is signed to a one-year deal at $900k. I figured he's the best option of all G available to potentially play at a high level for a backup, and sign a cheap contract given the cap constraints.
- Thomas Hickey is bought out, charging the Islanders $833,334 for two seasons.
- Andrew Ladd is sent to BPT in this, not on LTIR. I wanted to make sure in case he's not put on LTIR, I can still make all the moves I made. Obviously, I was able to, but if he does go on LTIR it creates a ton more flexibility for the Isles to get another defenseman, a better backup G, or 3LW. Honestly, I probably wouldn't make the SJ deal if Ladd is on LTIR and just keep Varlamov, while signing UFAs to fill Donato and Simek's spots in the AGM.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Beauvillier, Anthony4$4,100,000
Pelech, Adam6$4,400,000
Sorokin, Ilya2$4,000,000
Golyshev, Anatoly2$850,000
Koivula, Otto2$850,000
Donato, Ryan1$2,150,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Dubnyk, Devan1$900,000
Trades
NYI
    Protection List

    Forwards: Barzal, Beauvillier, Nelson, Lee, Pageau, Eberle, Bailey
    Defense: Pulock, Pelech, Mayfield
    Goalie: Varlamov
    SEA
    1. Leddy, Nick
    Additional Details:
    Claimed by Seattle in Expansion.
    NYI
    1. Simek, Radim
    2. Donato, Ryan [RFA Rights]
    SJS
    1. Varlamov, Semyon
    2. Dal Colle, Michael [RFA Rights]
    NYI
    1. McNabb, Brayden
    2. Roy, Nicolas
    VGK
    1. Bellows, Kieffer [RFA Rights]
    2. 2022 2nd round pick (COL)
    Buyouts
    • Rick DiPietro: $0
    • Thomas Hickey: $833,334
    Buried
    • Andrew Ladd: $4,375,000 ($5,500,000)
    DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
    2021
    COL
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    2022
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    2023
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    NYI
    ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
    23$81,500,000$81,087,522$1,365,854$1,075,000$412,478

    Roster

    Left WingCenterRight Wing
    NYI
    Lee, Anders
    $7,000,000
    LW, C
    NTC
    UFA - 5
    NYI
    Barzal, Mathew
    $7,000,000
    C
    RFA - 2
    NYI
    Eberle, Jordan
    $5,500,000
    RW
    NTC
    UFA - 3
    NYI
    Beauvillier, Anthony
    $4,100,000
    LW
    RFA
    NYI
    Nelson, Brock
    $6,000,000
    C, LW
    NTC
    UFA - 4
    NYI
    Bailey, Josh
    $5,000,000
    RW, LW
    UFA - 3
    Donato, Ryan
    $2,150,000
    LW, C
    UFA
    NYI
    Pageau, Jean-Gabriel
    $5,000,000
    C
    NTC
    UFA - 5
    NYI
    Wahlstrom, Oliver
    $894,167
    C, RW
    RFA - 2
    NYI
    Martin, Matt
    $1,500,000
    LW, RW
    UFA - 3
    VGK
    Roy, Nicolas
    $750,000
    RW, C
    RFA - 1
    NYI
    Clutterbuck, Cal
    $3,500,000
    RW
    UFA - 1
    Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
    NYI
    Pelech, Adam
    $4,400,000
    LD
    RFA
    NYI
    Pulock, Ryan
    $5,000,000
    RD
    UFA - 1
    NYI
    Sorokin, Ilya
    $4,000,000
    G
    RFA
    VGK
    McNabb, Brayden
    $2,500,000
    LD
    UFA - 1
    NYI
    Dobson, Noah
    $894,167
    RD
    RFA - 1
    Dubnyk, Devan
    $900,000
    G
    UFA
    SJS
    Simek, Radim
    $2,250,000
    LD
    UFA - 3
    NYI
    Mayfield, Scott
    $1,450,000
    RD
    UFA - 2
    ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
    NYI
    Aho, Sebastian
    $725,000
    LD
    RFA - 1
    NYI
    Boychuk, Johnny
    $6,000,000
    RD
    NTC
    UFA - 1
    NYI
    Komarov, Leo
    $3,000,000
    RW, LW, C
    NTC
    UFA - 1
    NYI
    Johnston, Ross
    $1,000,000
    LW
    UFA - 1

    Special Teams

    Power Play 1
    Eberle, J.
    Lee, A.
    Beauvillier, A.
    Barzal, M.
    Dobson, N.
    Power Play 2
    Wahlstrom, O.
    Nelson, B.
    Donato, R.
    Pulock, R.
    Bailey, J.
    Penalty Kill 1
    Pageau, J.
    Donato, R.
    Pelech, A.
    Mayfield, S.
    Penalty Kill 2
    Roy, N.
    Clutterbuck, C.
    McNabb, B.
    Simek, R.

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    Jun 9 at 10:50
    #1
    Kravtsov_Stan
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    I feel like Pelech will demand more
    Jun 9 at 10:54
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    Quoting: Kravtsov_Stan
    I feel like Pelech will demand more


    He could. Like I said, I used some pretty fair comparables here. A lot of these defensemen seem to be getting six-year deals in the mid-$4M range. I think he's the best defensive defenseman in the NHL, but his offense isn't really there. He's been getting some points but that's not his game. Either way, I don't think he should be getting more than $5M.
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    Jun 9 at 11:22
    #3
    Dekesaladekes
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    Quoting: slapshot723
    He could. Like I said, I used some pretty fair comparables here. A lot of these defensemen seem to be getting six-year deals in the mid-$4M range. I think he's the best defensive defenseman in the NHL, but his offense isn't really there. He's been getting some points but that's not his game. Either way, I don't think he should be getting more than $5M.



    Islanders might not offer him 5 mill but I’m sure there is many teams in the league that would offer him 5 mill plus and considering he’s an rfa islander would have to either match or take the compensation, if Jacob Trouba can get 8 mill and krug can get 6.5 mill just for an elite power play quartback and solid offensive production then pelech can get atleast 5.5mill to be a shutdown guy
    Jun 9 at 11:39
    #4
    Isles7
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    Quoting: Dekes
    Islanders might not offer him 5 mill but I’m sure there is many teams in the league that would offer him 5 mill plus and considering he’s an rfa islander would have to either match or take the compensation, if Jacob Trouba can get 8 mill and krug can get 6.5 mill just for an elite power play quartback and solid offensive production then pelech can get atleast 5.5mill to be a shutdown guy


    offersheets rarely happen and I doubt pelech would get one
    Jun 9 at 11:41
    #5
    Isles7
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    Quoting: slapshot723
    He could. Like I said, I used some pretty fair comparables here. A lot of these defensemen seem to be getting six-year deals in the mid-$4M range. I think he's the best defensive defenseman in the NHL, but his offense isn't really there. He's been getting some points but that's not his game. Either way, I don't think he should be getting more than $5M.


    Pelech drives offense at an elite level , he just doesn't put up a ton of points because he doesn't play on the PP and the isles don't have a lot of finishing talent. But he still plays 20+ on a SC contending team, he's on a 6 year deal he'll get 5 mill at least
    Jun 9 at 12:12
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    Quoting: Dekes
    Islanders might not offer him 5 mill but I’m sure there is many teams in the league that would offer him 5 mill plus and considering he’s an rfa islander would have to either match or take the compensation, if Jacob Trouba can get 8 mill and krug can get 6.5 mill just for an elite power play quartback and solid offensive production then pelech can get atleast 5.5mill to be a shutdown guy


    I guess $5.5M would be the absolute highest I'd go, but let's not act like offer sheets are real threats. There have been three in the last ten years. Trouba and Krug are apples and oranges to Pelech.

    Quoting: Isles777
    Pelech drives offense at an elite level , he just doesn't put up a ton of points because he doesn't play on the PP and the isles don't have a lot of finishing talent. But he still plays 20+ on a SC contending team, he's on a 6 year deal he'll get 5 mill at least


    If that's what he gets I'm cool with it. I'm just noting the comparables and didn't even mention the flat cap.
    Jun 9 at 12:16
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    I really like that deal for both teams.
    Jun 9 at 12:20
    #8
    Isles7
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    Quoting: slapshot723
    I guess $5.5M would be the absolute highest I'd go, but let's not act like offer sheets are real threats. There have been three in the last ten years. Trouba and Krug are apples and oranges to Pelech.



    If that's what he gets I'm cool with it. I'm just noting the comparables and didn't even mention the flat cap.


    I think pelech gets 5 mill x 4-5 years. He's a Norris caliber defenseman
    Jun 9 at 12:28
    #9
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    Quoting: papishark
    I really like that deal for both teams.


    Me too, took me a little maneuvering but it really makes sense. I've wanted Donato for a while and Simek seems like a natural fit with our need and our need for a LHD and his contract. Also, since you're the Sharks fan, can you give me a bit of a scouting report on Simek?

    Quoting: Isles777
    I think pelech gets 5 mill x 4-5 years. He's a Norris caliber defenseman


    I don't know about Norris calibre, there's a reason he doesn't play on the PP. But like I said earlier, I think he's the best defensive defenseman in the NHL. I wouldn't trade him for Nylander straight up if that was proposed to us. Let's sign him for 6+ years. If it takes $5M, so be it.
    Jun 9 at 12:29
    #10
    VGKNation702
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    It’s not bad, but I don’t see vegas moving Mcnabb. He is cheap, knows his role to a T, excellent at it. Roy and Tuch have a thing building with chemistry. I wouldn’t have Bellows but I think this trade makes them a worse current team, and with championship aspirations the future 2nd doesn’t really help now
    Jun 9 at 12:30
    #11
    Isles7
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    Quoting: slapshot723
    Me too, took me a little maneuvering but it really makes sense. I've wanted Donato for a while and Simek seems like a natural fit with our need and our need for a LHD and his contract. Also, since you're the Sharks fan, can you give me a bit of a scouting report on Simek?



    I don't know about Norris calibre, there's a reason he doesn't play on the PP. But like I said earlier, I think he's the best defensive defenseman in the NHL. I wouldn't trade him for Nylander straight up if that was proposed to us. Let's sign him for 6+ years. If it takes $5M, so be it.


    Pelech was a top 5 all around defenseman NHL this season and is deserving of Norris votes. Hes elite at driving offense at even strength, as you can see he’s in the 92nd percentile for even strength offense. Tbh he should be on the powerplay over Leddy
    Jun 9 at 12:31
    #12
    Isles7
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    Quoting: slapshot723
    Me too, took me a little maneuvering but it really makes sense. I've wanted Donato for a while and Simek seems like a natural fit with our need and our need for a LHD and his contract. Also, since you're the Sharks fan, can you give me a bit of a scouting report on Simek?



    I don't know about Norris calibre, there's a reason he doesn't play on the PP. But like I said earlier, I think he's the best defensive defenseman in the NHL. I wouldn't trade him for Nylander straight up if that was proposed to us. Let's sign him for 6+ years. If it takes $5M, so be it.



    Jun 9 at 12:34
    #13
    Isles555
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    Feel like we don’t pay enough in the VGK trade.. I absolutely love his outcome tho
    Jun 9 at 12:38
    #14
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    Quoting: VGKNation702
    It’s not bad, but I don’t see vegas moving Mcnabb. He is cheap, knows his role to a T, excellent at it. Roy and Tuch have a thing building with chemistry. I wouldn’t have Bellows but I think this trade makes them a worse current team, and with championship aspirations the future 2nd doesn’t really help now


    That's fair, I know it's a bit of a risky move for VGK but figured I'd try. I was hoping the appeal would be the cap space to potentially get Eichel or another top-6 center, unless Vegas is cool with Stephenson or expecting Glass to step up next year.

    I assume you meant you "wouldn't mind Bellows". What would you give up for him? I was always interested in a Bellows for Hague swap but Hague seems to have stepped up this season. Would you trade a 3rd and an LHD prospect for him before the Expansion Draft?
    Jun 9 at 1:36
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    VGKNation702
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    Quoting: slapshot723
    That's fair, I know it's a bit of a risky move for VGK but figured I'd try. I was hoping the appeal would be the cap space to potentially get Eichel or another top-6 center, unless Vegas is cool with Stephenson or expecting Glass to step up next year.

    I assume you meant you "wouldn't mind Bellows". What would you give up for him? I was always interested in a Bellows for Hague swap but Hague seems to have stepped up this season. Would you trade a 3rd and an LHD prospect for him before the Expansion Draft?



    Yes that’s what I meant lol. I wouldn’t use Hague, like you said he’s progressing. I think that depends if we bring Janmark back….3rd and a LHD prospect like Ahac would be fine
    Jun 9 at 3:32
    #16
    Dekesaladekes
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    Quoting: Isles777
    I think pelech gets 5 mill x 4-5 years. He's a Norris caliber defenseman



    I do like pelech a lot but he is not Norris caliber, the Norris trophy is so more aimed towards who has the highest points as a defencemen rather then who’s the best defender. Even if they considered defence and offence evenly in the voting pelech still wouldn’t win because he’s way below guys like Herman, makar, fox, mcavoy in terms of offence and only a few stepping stones ahead of some on them
    Jun 9 at 3:40
    #17
    Isles7
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    Quoting: Dekes
    I do like pelech a lot but he is not Norris caliber, the Norris trophy is so more aimed towards who has the highest points as a defencemen rather then who’s the best defender. Even if they considered defence and offence evenly in the voting pelech still wouldn’t win because he’s way below guys like Herman, makar, fox, mcavoy in terms of offence and only a few stepping stones ahead of some on them


    Yeah based on the leagues standards he’s not Norris caliber . You’re right - But it’s fair to say Pelech was a top 5 defenseman in the league this season and he was better than hedman - hedman was just nominated based on reputation
    Jun 9 at 3:43
    #18
    Isles7
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    Quoting: Dekes
    I do like pelech a lot but he is not Norris caliber, the Norris trophy is so more aimed towards who has the highest points as a defencemen rather then who’s the best defender. Even if they considered defence and offence evenly in the voting pelech still wouldn’t win because he’s way below guys like Herman, makar, fox, mcavoy in terms of offence and only a few stepping stones ahead of some on them


    Best defenseman in the league this season:
    1. Mcavoy
    2. Makar
    3. Fox
    4. Weegar
    5. Pelech
    Jun 9 at 4:06
    #19
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    Quoting: VGKNation702
    Yes that’s what I meant lol. I wouldn’t use Hague, like you said he’s progressing. I think that depends if we bring Janmark back….3rd and a LHD prospect like Ahac would be fine


    I'd do that if it's before the Expansion Draft.
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