Islanders 50 Contract Limit and Next Season

So that's how Z keeps winning all those faceoffs...

With the dust from the trade deadline settling, it's as good of a time as ever to look at the Islanders roster for next season. The CBA mandates a 50-contract limit which covers all players signed to the Islanders (including guys on two-way deals in Bridgeport), with an exception: Age 18 and age 19 players who were returned to Juniors, and who have not played 11 NHL Games in one season, shall be exempt from inclusion in the 50-player limit. This means that currently Nino Niederreiter and Calvin De Haan do not count towards the limit. Teams generally operate below that limit, in part to leave room for injury emergencies.

Currently Signed and Counting Against Limit

John Tavares
Matt Moulson
Trent Hunter
Matt Martin
P.A. Parenteau
Frans Nielsen
Justin DiBenedetto
Mark Streit
Mark Eaton
Milan Jurcina
Travis Hamonic
Mark Katic
Mike Mottau
Andrew MacDonald
Rick DiPietro
Kevin Poulin
Mikko Koskinen
David Ullstrom
Rhett Rakhshani
Anton Klementyev
Tony Romano

 

That's 21 players already signed for next season. After the jump we break down the rest of the roster.

Currently Signed and Will Be RFAs

Josh Bailey
Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner
Blake Comeau
Michael Haley
Ty Wishart
Bruno Gervais
Jack Hillen
Al Montoya
Jesse Joensuu
Robin Figren
Tomas Marcinko
Dustin Kohn
Dylan Reese
Rob Hisey
Jeremy Colliton

 

That's 16 RFAs. If all of them are brought back that would put them at 37 for next year.

Currently Signed and Will Be UFAs

Doug Weight
Zenon Konopka
Trevor Gillies
Radek Martinek
Nathan Lawson
Andy Hilbert
Evgeni Nabokov
Joel Martin
Jeremy Yablonski

 

That's 9 UFAs. If all RFAs and UFAs are brought back that would put the Islanders at 46 contracts, possibly 48 if both Nino and Calvin leave juniors. Obviously this isn't likely as some of the UFAs aren't coming back (Weight, Martin, Nabokov) and some of the RFAs are more then likely gone (Figren, Reese).

The Islanders also have to make decisions on the following players:

Prospects

Player Decision
Tony Dehart Already playing overage year in OHL
Anders Nilsson Will lose rights if not signed
David Toews Already playing overage year in WHL
Brian Day Graduating college
Shane Sims Graduating college
Casey Cizikas Could still play overage year

 

That would be another 6 players signed, meaning if all free agents are retained and all prospects signed the Islanders would be at 52 contracts, possibly 54. Going with 54, we can expect that neither Weight or Nabokov will be back next year. At the same time Lawson and Martin can both be considered gone if Nilsson is signed. That would put the Islanders at 50 contracts for next year with De Haan and Nino not returning to juniors.

Obviously the Islanders won't go into the season at the limit, in case somehow injuries cause them to use seven different goalies. There's also the possibility that they will add a free agent or two during the offseason and that they might need to sign their first-round selection to an NHL deal.

What are your thoughts on who stays and who goes?

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