Thread: Prospect Info: Prospect Talk PART VI
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02-14-2013, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by MikeT98213 View Post
And we shouldn't hold our breath that Lee will sign here either. After all, if you were on the outside looking in to the situation here and had the ability to go to any team in the league, would you really opt to come here even with the prospect of Brooklyn and franchise stability? I know some will think that he will have the opportunity to play that he might not get elsewhere but I don't think that's necessarily true. He might look at a young talent like Nino and see that Snow opted to plug the likes of McDonald and Aucoin into the lineup letting Nino go to Bridgeport.
The advantages for the Isles are:

1) They can sign him after his college season is up and burn a year of his ELC. This is a big deal. The ELC comes with a max salary and must be a 2-way deal. For a player aged 22-23, it must be a 2-year deal. This means he can sign with the Isles and be an RFA after next year. If he plays well next year, he could command a 1-year deal and a bigger salary. Any other team he signs with, he doesn't become an RFA for another year (of course, that depends on the Isles offering him a deal before the end of the NHL season).

2) The Isles are building a young team, and he will have the opportunity to earn a spot. Yes, the Isles have some good prospects. But they don't have a ton of established forwards that are basically guaranteed ice time.

Not saying it is a sure thing he will sign here, but there are definitely reasons to do so.

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