The New York Islanders re-signed their last key restricted free agent on Monday afternoon, giving forward Brock Nelson a 1-year, $4.25 million deal.
Nelson, 26, had arbitration rights and had a hearing booked for August 3rd, but the two sides came together long before they had to go through the nasty process of making their case for their side.
In the 2018 season, Nelson regressed in his scoring numbers, dropping down to 19 goals and 35 points in all 82 games from 45 points in 81 games the season previous. He was still pool worthy, ranking 170th among all forwards on the year, but his value has dropped a little bit.
The early projections for him will meet somewhere in the middle, as the lineup shuffles to the loss of John Tavares in this off-season. Nelson found himself playing a lot with Andrew Ladd last season, which may or may not change, but it's hard to see where the offense really is going to stem from on a consistent basis in Brooklyn during the 2019 season.
|Jordan Eberle||6.000||Johnny Boychuk||6.000||Thomas Greiss||3.333|
|Andrew Ladd||5.500||Nick Leddy||5.500||Robin Lehner||1.500|
|Josh Bailey||5.000||Thomas Hickey||2.500|
|Brock Nelson||4.250||Ryan Pulock||2.000|
|Anders Lee||3.750||Adam Pelech||1.600|
|Cal Clutterbuck||3.500||Scott Mayfield||1.450|
|Casey Cizikas||3.350||Sebastian Aho||0.770|
There's a big lump of salary cap space left on the board for the Islanders today, as I am showing the team with $10.5 million in space, which was probably earmarked for someone special this summer.