New York Islanders Securing Young Core with Nick Leddy’s Contract Extension

February 24th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

On Tuesday, the New York Islanders committed long-term to an important piece of their defence corps. No, not Johnny Boychuk: pending restricted free agent Nick Leddy.

At first glance, that’s a whole pile of money for a 23-year-old defenceman, and no wonder the Chicago Blackhawks decided to trade him on down the line, because there is no way they could have squeezed that into the books next season. At second glance, however, but it’s probably money well spent.

It’s also in keeping with the way the New York Islanders operate. A team that has been burned by long-term contracts in the past (Alexei Yashin and Rick DiPietro are both still being paid by the team) hasn’t stopped employing them, but it has gotten more judicious with regard to their use. Leddy’s a pretty good bet in that regard because he’s already a proven NHL talent and yet simultaneously he is still literally years away from the prime of his career.

Certainly the strategy has paid dividends for New York, as a quick glance at NHL Numbers makes clear. Leddy joins John Tavares, Josh Bailey and Travis Hamo ...

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