The New York Islanders and forward Alan Quine reached agreement on a two-year, one-way contract extension, completing a dramatic turn in the 23-year-old's recent career.
General Fanager reports the compensation as a cap hit and average annual value (AAV) of $612,500, with a year one salary of $575,000. That actually represents a theoretical pay cut at the NHL level (which was $620,000 last season), but the difference is a one-way contract guarantees that compensation rate all season, whereas last season he was mostly bringing home the $60,000 AHL rate on a two-way contract.
Quine has gone from 3rd-round pick by Detroit (2011), to a sixth-round pick by the Islanders after he re-entered the draft in 2013, to a player steadily increasing his role and rounding out his game in the AHL. Before this season there was question whether he'd complete the adaptation of his game to earn an NHL job. But he became the leading scorer (48 points in 53 games) for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate in 2015-16 and would have finished the season that way if not for injuries and a callup to the big club.
Still, while a late-season callup to rest others was to be expected, his sudden prominence in this spring's NHL playoff was a surprise. He was a regular in the lineup from Game 1 and even scored a memorable double-overtime winner in Game 5 in Florida. Coach Jack Capuano, getting the same impressions as the coaching staff in Bridgeport, had this to say during the playoffs as he lined up with John Tavares in several situations:
"You watch video and you see his habits. You see his speed and tenacity he brings. I think anyone who plays with (Kyle Okposo) and (John Tavares) is going to be able to hunt pucks down. I like that he's a reserved guy, he's a confident guy. He's not nervous and he's playing like he should be. I like his speed and deception."
The 2015-16 season was a critical one, and he made the most of it.