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Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders - Game Six

The New York Islanders tend to do business a little differently, given that they operate with an internal budget of “the salary floor.” They tend to buy low on players like Brad Boyes who have talent and reason to have successful NHL seasons (Peter Regin this season PM Bouchard as well), and they tend to buy low on their own internal talent for an extended period of time, hoping that the players will sign for near-nickels for the safety of getting paid for multiple years. Andrew MacDonald and Frans Nielsen are both good examples of that.

Really, if you toss out the DiPietro deal with is universally regarded as a Charles Wang decision, Garth Snow hasn’t really missed on one of these gambles yet. So today he went for it again, signing 23-year old Josh Bailey to a five-year $16 million deal (via Katie Strang). The hope, as always, is that with the rising salary cap Bailey becomes a bargain of a top-9 forward.

I’m a little surprised Bailey was given over three-per, but I don’t see this as a massive risk for a guy who is likely going to play decent minutes with good players over the next five years. I could see this one being the first one Snow misses on, because there are some talented young players in the Islanders system (Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome spring to mind) that I can see pushing him down the depth chart, but I did see flashes of real NHL talent towards the end of last season (I think his ceiling is still fairly high), so I’m not ready to pull out my hair as an Isles fan about it just yet. Bailey’s a bit of a risk, but when a GM’s success rate gets high enough on similar deals, I think it’s fair to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Here’s Snow’s statement:

“Josh has become an important member of the young core of the players we have in our dressing room. We’re excited to come to terms with him on a deal that will ensure he is a member of this team as we solidify ourselves as consistent playoff contenders.”

St Louis Blues v Anaheim Ducks

The most coveted UFA-to-be this year was Corey Perry in a landslide, so there’s undoubtedly some disappointed teams today as they found out he signed an eight-year contract extension worth $69 million with Anaheim, an average annual cap hit of $8.625 for the Ducks.

I don’t include that as a negative, I just think it’s interesting.

Anyway, with that, Perry and Getzlaf are taken care of, and everyone else can move on.

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about why Duck’s GM Bob Murray should trade the two superstars, which essentially made the point that “you can’t lose them for nothing,” but probably could’ve done a better job explaining that if you can keep them, you should. I’ve long been a proponent of the concept of “difference-makers” – they’re tough to come by at the NHL level, these select few humans who can change the course of the game with a single great play, so full credit to the Ducks for doing what they had to do not to lose theirs.

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