New York Islanders extend Ross Johnston for four years
The New York Islanders shocked us all except is something from Lou Lamoriello really shocking? – with the announcement today of a four-year contract extension for the rarely used but long-protected forward Ross Johnston.
From the team announcement:
Johnston has scored 15 points (seven goals and eight assists) in 87 career games with the Islanders.
It could actually be a point production that you associate with the great striker, who works diligently on his game while being out of the roster most of the time, and rarely exceeds 10 minutes in a game.
Johnston, 27, has appeared in one game this season (5:50) before being replaced by Leo Komarov (since dropped out and assigned to Bridgeport) and then Matt Martin, whose injury was the reason these two appeared. . Johnston is seen as a depth, but known depth, and a guy who can step in when things need to get medieval or ‘old school hockey’. He’s also clearly a beloved guy who did his assigned job without making a fuss.
He’s currently in the final year of a four-year, $ 4 million contract, so it will be interesting to see what the terms of his new contract are. (Several reports say it is a $ 1.1 million cap reached.) Whatever the conditions, it is “buried” in the miners in their entirety, in terms of the salary cap, a luxury the islands can afford under the property that says “spend what you need”.
As the introduction of CapGeek explains:
Teams do not benefit from full exemption from the cap when a player under a one-way contract with the NHL is reassigned to the American Hockey League or is loaned to a team in another professional league. The player salary cap reached, minus the sum of the NHL minimum wage for the respective season and $ 375,000, still counts towards the team’s salary cap total. The reduction in the ceiling reached is therefore equal to the minimum wage for the respective season + $ 375,000. The reduction of the cap hit is therefore equal to the minimum wage for the respective season. [$750,000 in 2021-22] + $ 375,000.
So Johnston’s tenure and salary can be designed to allow him to go through waivers when islands need list or cap relief and don’t actually count towards the cap. (It’s a safe bet that his current contract was also signed with this philosophy in mind.) And for the Islands, it’s probably a solace that whenever they need to call or seek ” a Ross Johnston type, “they can just turn to the real Ross Johnston.
Still, it’s a fascinating contrast between engagement versus use, safety versus impact, the similarities I can’t remember … previous Johnston contract. He’s signed for several hundred thousand dollars more than some of the decorated NHL veterans who are part of the Island roster every day (but who also made heaps of money in their previous NHL stops. , sure).
Elliotte Friedman had signaled at the end of the summer that other teams had their eyes on Johnston if the Islands gave up; maybe a long overtime acts as a deterrent, and Johnston remains an emergency room as well as a potential future replacement if / when one of the fourth-row wingers goes down.
It’s unconventional, a little strange, and very Lou. As you can imagine, reactions vary.
Another brilliant initiative from Lou Lamoriello is the Ross Johnston expansion. The teams would certainly have claimed it had it been waived. Now they won’t if Lou wants to send him to Bridgeport. #he is
– Noel Fogelman (@ thefirstnoel19) October 26, 2021
The Islanders announced today that forward Ross Johnston has accepted the terms of a four-year contract extension.
Lou’s contract announcements remain a constant surprise.
– Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) October 26, 2021
âIt’s like I always say, ‘If you have the time, use it. Unless you can lock up a guy who averages 14.5 games and 2.5 points per season. Then you have it. do right away. You just have to. ‘”- Lou Lamoriello (Probably).
– Dan (@cultureoflosing) October 26, 2021
Johnston has played 62 games (and more) in the first 3 years of his current four-year contract, having played 25 games previously.
How much do you think he will play under the next one? The winning prediction will be your prize in 2026.