It’s time for another edition of our NHL rumours for your Wednesday. It seems that the trading fun has already started before the March 3 deadline. The New York Islanders have already started the party and made a huge splash. General manager Lou Lamoriello has made his move, but he wants something more. It seems that he wants to make a Bo Horvat extension happen. Today’s NHL rumours takes a look at the interest between the two parties.
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Bo Horvat Extension Possible
Rumour: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun said that the Islanders newest pickup is open to a contract extension. Horvat was told by Lamoriello that he wants the former Vancouver Canucks captain to be more than just a rental player. The Islanders brass wants to keep Horvat around for a long time.
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– Horvat open to contract talks
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Horvat will turn 28 soon and he’s one of the lucky players that will enter his prime as an unrestricted free agent. The London, Ontario native said that the Islanders were a place that he may have considered had he got to the free agent market. Horvat has already equalled his career-high of 31 goals that he had last season.
What a Bo Horvat Extension Means
The Isles don’t want to deal with the drama of having a big-ticket player walk away for nothing. New York is hanging onto the last Stanley Cup Playoff spot, but getting Horvat might be what’s needed to secure its spot.
Horvat currently makes $4.125 million per season and will likely be asking for a decent raise. The cap only going up $1 million will make the salary cap go up to $83.5 million. This will force teams to shed players they normally would want to keep. However, Lamoriello is going to make sure Horvat is a long-term piece for the Islanders.