Islanders Sign Multiple Players To Massive Deals

Lou Lamoriello was busier bringing back players that were with the team last season than he was active on the open market. In short order Ilya Sorokin was extended to an eight-year, $8.25 million AAV deal that will kick in after next season, while UFAs Semyon Varlamov, Scott Mayfield, and Pierre Engvall were all brought back for multiple years.

Varlamov got the shortest term because of his age (35), but signed a four-year, $2.75 million AAV deal. Mayfield is now signed for seven years at $3.5 million AAV and Engvall is signed for seven years at $3 million AAV. If you noticed a trend here, that's because the New York Islanders have been known for this as long as Lamoriello has been at the helm. The longer the term, the lower general managers can get the AAV.

The Islanders are going to look almost identical to last season, but the hope is that they can improve as a team overall. It was a must to lock up Sorokin with how good he has been and signing Varlamov to be the backup until he retires is also a pretty good move with the numbers he puts up. As for Mayfield, it might look worse in the last 1-2 years, but great right now at age 30. For a third line winger that can score like Engvall can, the contract should look solid throughout as he's only 27 right now. They might not even bring in any new talent after filling their roster with the same players.

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