Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Islanders Ink Strome

On Tuesday morning,, the New York Islanders announced that they have come to terms with restricted free agent Ryan Strome, signing him to a 2-year, $5 million deal.

Strome, 23, was coming off a poor 2016 season, where he didn't meet many of his expectations, scoring only 8 goals and 28 points in 71 games, ranking him 209th among all forwards, just barely scraping in as a pool-worthy player.  Most of the time he had missed in the season was due to being a healthy scratch, thanks to his poor performances.

This 2-year deal will act more as a bridge deal to something more long-term, assuming that he can put some good seasons together in the next couple of years.  Currently, my expectation is that he will be starting to find his stride again and his early projections have him in the 45-point range.  A lot will have to depend on who he is lining up with, as he had a good year in 2015 with John Tavares, who is currently getting a good head start to his season at the World Cup.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
John Tavares 5.500 Johnny Boychuk 6.000 Jaroslav Halak 4.500
Andrew Ladd 5.500 Nick Leddy 5.500 Thomas Greiss 1.500
Anders Lee 3.750 Travis Hamonic 3.857
Casey Cizikas 3.350 Thomas Hickey 2.200
Josh Bailey 3.300
Brock Nelson 2.500
Ryan Strome 2.500
Jason Chimera 2.250
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau 1.250
Nikolay Kulemin 4.188 Calvin de Haan 1.967
Cal Clutterbuck 2.750 Adam Pelech 0.854
Shane Prince 0.800
Michael Dal Colle 0.863 Ryan Pulock 0.863
Joshua Ho-Sang 0.863
Mikhail Grabovski 5.000
Matthew Barzal 0.894 Kyle Burroughs 0.925 Eamon McAdam 0.925
Anthony Beauvillier 0.894 Devon Toews 0.925 Stephon Williams 0.925
Bracken Kearns 0.800 Matthew Finn 0.858 Jean-Francois Berube 0.675
Ben Holmstrom 0.800 Parker Wotherspoon 0.736 Christopher Gibson 0.650
Carter Verhaeghe 0.778 Scott Mayfield 0.625
Kyle Schempp 0.705 Loic Leduc 0.615
Ross Johnston 0.667 Jesse Graham 0.605
Alan Quine 0.613
Eric Boulton 0.575
Stephen Gionta PTO

Pool worthy, non-pool roster players, assumed roster fill-ins injured/retired cap hits, in the system

Salary CapThe Islanders have not been shy on the spending this Summer, especially with the additions of Andrew Ladd and P-A Parenteau, but they had to be wise on Strome, since he had a down year.  Nevertheless, their projected 24-man roster, thanks to the injury to Mikhail Grabovski, they are only about $1.4 million away from the salary cap ceiling.  There are a few roster spots in question, so there could definitely be a swap of numbers here and there, but the Islanders won't fear the cap ceiling, especially with Grabovski's ability to hit the LTIR, if needed.

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