Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Islanders Re-Sign Lee on the Eve of Frenzy

The New York Islanders were busy, the day before the free agent frenzy, as they tried to save a couple of their young players from officially becoming restricted free agents, but only managed to save one before the end of the day, re-signing forward Anders Lee.

Lee signed a 4-year, $15 million deal to stay on Long Island and save himself from the offer sheet scenario, which could or may not have played out starting tomorrow, but after finished his first full season in an Islanders uniform, he can move into sophomore territory with confidence.

As a rookie, Lee finished the year with 25 goals and 41 points in 76 games with the club, ranking him among the top RFA's heading into July 1st, but is now taken off the list.

Lee likely exceeded some expectations with the 25-goal season and that might be a tough feat to repeat and a little bit of the sophomore jinx comes to play.  My early projections are slightly less than the 41 points, so I would be treading carefully on his 2016 season, for now.

The Islanders also didn't make many great improvements to their forward lines, thus far in the off-season, even though the best they really could have done was make a trade or two, but that hasn't happened yet.  With a couple of roster spots open in the front, it will be interesting to see how they fill them.

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