In a good move to start the offseason, the Islanders re-signed forward Anders Lee to a four-year deal worth $3.75 million-per-season. A former 2009 sixth round pick who turns 25 on July 3, Lee had a good rookie year tallying 25 goals with 16 helpers totaling 41 points in 76 games. He only registered an assist in the Isles’ first round loss to the Capitals and was a healthy scratch twice.
Still, Lee was a good player for Islanders coach Jack Capuano with his 25 markers ranking second on the team behind captain John Tavares (38). He’s set to earn $2 million in 2015-16 with payouts of $3.5 million, $4.5 million and $5 million the following three seasons. Obviously, it’s a risky contract because they’re expecting Lee to be a consistent scorer.
With Kyle Okposo a year away from unrestricted free agency, GM Garth Snow might already be planning the club’s future. Okposo is set to make $4.5 million in the final year of his deal and could draw significant interest in 2016. Snow must also bump up Group II Brock Nelson who attained a career best 20 goals and 42 points in his second season.
The Islanders have almost $13 million in cap space currently at $59.35 million. They could look to add a depth defenseman on July 1 with potential candidates Francois Beauchemin, Cody Franson, Johnny Oduya and Jan Hejda. Getting a proven playoff performer like Justin Williams also wouldn’t be a bad idea.