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Free Agency 2018: Thomas Hickey re-signs, 4 years, $10 million with Islanders

Reports have it at four years, $2.5 million annual cap hit

New York Islanders v Montreal Canadiens
Overtime hero remains.
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The New York Islanders have reached an extension with defenseman Thomas Hickey on a *four-year deal with a $2.5 million cap hit, according to multiple reports. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent today, and had contact from several teams during last week’s free agent listening period.

*we initially posted that it was two years. Apologies. Corrected.

It’s a safe deal for the Islanders as they look to solidify a blueline that is in transition with Calvin de Haan testing free agency. Hickey is usually effective in a second- or third-pairing role, and a good bet to thrive under new coach Barry Trotz.

Hickey, 29, is coming off a three-year contract that had a $2.2 million cap hit but which paid a $3.1 million salary this past season, according to CapFriendly. So, chalk this one as holding serve rather than going out for inflated prices elsewhere on the market.