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New York Islanders Lou Lamoriello: ‘We’ll Get All Our Players Signed’

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The New York Islanders won’t be working with a lot of cap room when it comes to re-signing restricted and unrestricted free agents this offseason, but general manager Lou Lamoriello is planning on doing all that he can to keep the current group together.

The NHL offseason kicked into high gear on Tuesday with the NHL draft and opening of free agency rapidly approaching. The Islanders have a combined 17 UFAs and RFAs they need to attend to, which includes Mat Barzal, Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews.

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“All I’m doing is focusing in on communication with each and every one of our restricted free agents and also our unrestricted free agents,” Lou Lamoriello said on a Zoom call on Tuesday. “Seeing exactly what we can get done. We did not have any communication during the playoffs intentionally and Right now we’re talking. I feel that we’ll get all our players signed in due time.”

The Islanders have roughly $8.9 million in cap space for this upcoming season, so re-signing players will take a bit of financial acrobatics. The limited cap space — an issue that many teams across the NHL are facing — also means the Islanders could be restricted in what they’re able to do during free agency without moving some pieces to clear up space.

Lou Lamoriello indicated the Islanders would look outwards to improve if it made sense, but that they would look internally as well.

“There’s room for improvement internally,” Lamoriello said. “If we can get better externally we’ll certainly do that. Right now we’re going to focus in on trying to keep our team together.”

While Barzal, Pulock and Toews are all but locked in to return next season, it’s some of the Islanders pending UFAs that have a bigger question mark surrounding their return. Fan-favorite Matt Martin and playoff star Andy Greene are up in the air if the Islanders bring them back.

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Both players played a role in the Islanders success this postseason, which saw them return to the conference finals for the first time since 1993. Lamoriello said that he’d “love” to have Greene back for next season.

“We certainly would like to sign and have our free agents back,” Lamoriello said about the Islanders free agents. “That has been communicated to them. We have a period of time that we have to make some internal decisions and have to make some moves. Nothing specific at this point. When it happens you’ll all hear about it. The contribution they gave was just fantastic and the quality of people that they are.

“We certainly would like them back and we’ll do everything we can.”

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Anders Lee Looks Back While Waiting for What’s Ahead with Islanders

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While the hockey world looks forward and waits to find out when or even if the 2020-21 season will start, New York Islanders captain Anders Lee took a moment to look back and reflect.

Lee and the Islanders are now just over a month removed from their season-ending loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to Tampa Bay. It had been the deepest the Islanders had gone in the playoffs since 1993 and the run shocked much of the hockey world.

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What Could Home Games Look Like for the New York Islanders Next Season?

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There are a lot of questions about the 2020-21 NHL season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed at the draft that the league was looking at a Jan. 1 start date. Outside of that, not much is known about their plan. The NHL has said in the past that they’d like to play a full 82 game schedule, but even that remains a question.

And for owners, the question of whether fans will be allowed in the building when games do start remains a major concern. The NHL, unlike NBA or NFL, is a gate driven league and relies heavily on paying customers filling the seats at arenas.

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Free Agency: Martin, Greene Likely to Return to Islanders for Next Season

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It seems all but certain that Andy Greene is returning to the New York Islanders, and the same goes for Matt Martin.

The Islanders continue to sit in a holding pattern as they look to free up cap space via trades, but things seem to be pointing to a return for the two NHL veterans. General manager Lou Lamoriello called the return of Greene “a very strong option” during a Zoom conference call on Monday night and multiple reports indicated that the Islanders and Martin are working on a deal.

Greene’s return makes even more sense following the trade of Devon Toews to Colorado on Monday. Greene has worked with Noah Dobson, who will take Toews’ place on the blue line, in the past and proved extremely valuable during the postseason.

The soon to be 38-year-old — Greene’s birthday is on Oct. 30 — could be looking at a one-year deal from the Islanders to provide that veteran presence on the blue line. Greene had four points (two goals, two assists) in 21 playoff games with the Islanders.

Martin also had an impressive postseason of his own with five goals in 21 games, which matched his regular-season total. The fan-favorite has been a mainstay on the fourth line alongside Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas.

Martin’s deal with the Islanders, or anyone else for that matter should it get to that point, would be far less than the four-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016. That carried a $2.5 million AAV and that is much higher than what the Islanders can afford at the moment.

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The decision to move Toews on Monday came out of necessity so that the Islanders could get back some pieces to sweeten any potential trades that would move some of their pricier contracts and free up some more salary cap room. The Islanders have been working with just $8.9 million in cap space.

The Islanders still need to re-sign restricted free agents Mat Barzal and Ryan Pulock and trading away the likes of Johnny Boychuk or another hefty contract would help make that task simpler.

The Fourth Period reported that the Islanders have been shopping Boychuk around. Boychuk has two years left on a deal that carries an AAV of $6 million and a list if eight teams he can be traded to. Leo Komarov is also reportedly being shopped by the Islanders.

Komarov also has two years left on his contract, which has a $3 million AAV and a seven-team no-trade list.

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