The New York Islanders, after a quiet off-season, start September 1st off on the right foot. The team officially announced the signings of Casey Cizikas, Anthony Beauvillier, Ilya Sorokin, and Kyle Palmieri. And in typical Lou Lamoriello fashion, he did it in one press release with no details given.
#Isles Transactions: Anthony Beauvillier, Casey Cizikas, Kyle Palmieri and Ilya Sorokin have all agreed to multi-year contracts.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 1, 2021
New York Islanders Keep Four Key Players
Reports had been trickling out since the start of NHL Free Agency on July 28th that the Islanders were going to re-sign several players. And the hockey world waited until the Islanders made these signings official. During the off-season, the Islanders made several moves to open up salary-cap space. But once that was done, you figured these deals would get announced. And then when the team re-signed defenceman Adam Pelech, you thought the door was open even more for these players to be re-signed and the announcement to come. However, Lou Lamoriello operates on his own time and finally announced the signings today.
First, the team announced the signing of fourth-liner Casey Cizikas. Though the team did not disclose his salary, he will be making $2.5 million annually over the next six years. Now you can agree or disagree with the length of the deal, but one thing is for sure, Lamoriello wanted to keep that workhorse line of Cizikas, Matt Martin, and Cal Clutterbuck because he knows that is what it will take to win in the playoffs. Cizikas recorded 14 points in 56 games and added five points in 19 playoff games.
Second was Anthony Beauvillier and according to Elliotte Friedman and Arthur Staple, he will be making $4.15 million over the next three seasons. Beauvillier recorded 28 points in 47 games last season. In addition, he had 13 points in 19 playoff games. Beauvillier was a crucial part of the Islanders success in the playoffs as a member of the “Killers Bs” line with Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey.
Third was goaltender Ilya Sorokin, who will be making $4 million over the next three seasons. Recall, the Islanders signed him to an entry-level deal prior to the return to play playoff bubble and then signed him to a one-year deal. He is the future starting goalie for this team. However, Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov have made a dynamic pair. Sorokin played a big part for the Islanders in the playoffs. He was a reason why they got past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. From there, he was replaced by Varlamov after Game 1 of the second round against Boston. He posted a 13-6-3 record with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
And finally, the Islanders finally announced officially the re-signing of Kyle Palmieri. It had been reported Palmieri was going to re-sign with the team in July. However, there was no term disclosed. Palmieri will be making $5 million over the next four seasons for the Islanders. During the Islanders run to the Eastern Conference Final, Palmieri showed his worth after coming over in a trade from the New Jersey Devils. Palmieri scored nine points (seven goals and two assists) in 19 playoff games. He had a slow start to the season in New Jersey and that carried over when he was traded. But when the bright lights of the playoffs came, he alongside Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Travis Zajac played well together. They even scored several clutch goals.
The question will be where do the Islanders go from here especially since they are up against the salary cap. There is a reason why Lou Lamoriello won general manager of the year, he knows how to get it done.