Well, it finally happened. The Islanders and RFA Mathew Barzal have agreed to a three-year contract, ending this saga.
We have a new addition to today’s scrimmage... pic.twitter.com/PcwRXUHOnq— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 9, 2021
The reports continue to filter out, and it appears that the Islanders wrangled in Barzal at a $7 million cap hit for the next three years.
Barzal is 3x7— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 9, 2021
The pandemic, and the financial troubles it has created, forced many teams to back-load as much and as legally as possible the contracts to which they signed their players. Based on Darren Dreger’s report, this contract tracks the same path.
Year 1 includes $1 mil signing bonus, $3 mil salary. AAV $7 mil. https://t.co/ewYwbcUxmp— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 9, 2021
But this deal gives the Islanders flexibility for this season. No longer will they be required to move out another contract. Though that may not stop them from trying.
Barzal's three-year deal has a $7-million AAV, as multiple people have posted. Gives #Isles wiggle room without having to deal another contract, though they may still try. With Barzal, Matt Martin and Greene, should be able to get under cap by Tuesday w/LTIR.— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) January 9, 2021
On an encouraging note, Barzal and the Islanders both pushed for a six-year contract. They just could not make the money work at this time. But it is nice to see that Barzal wants to stick around for a while.
Barzal and Isles were focused on a 6 year extension, but Lamoriello wasn’t able to move enough money to make that work. Just before camp the negotiation shifted to a 3 year bridge. https://t.co/afSwoYZVYN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 9, 2021
And he will have the chance to stick around with the Islanders when this deal expires. The deal takes him right up to his final year of RFA.
The #Isles re-signed 23 y/o RFA C Barzal for 3 year $7M Cap Hit. On expiry, will be RFA w/ Arbitration rights, $8.4M Qualifying Offer, & 1 year from UFA Eligibility.— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) January 9, 2021
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As comfortable as we all seemed throughout the process, no one could deny, as training camp neared its end and the regular season approached, that the tension began to bubble. But we can put these fears to bed, now.
And it seems like Barzal longed to be back on the ice with the boys—he scored a goal on each of his first two shifts in today’s practice scrimmage.
Barzal on the ice now. Skating with Lee and Eberle. And he just scored. So, good day in #Isles world.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) January 9, 2021
Mat Barzal with his second goal on two shifts in this four on four scrimmage for #Isles— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) January 9, 2021
Glad to have you back, dude.