They could get TO to take on some of that salary plus Yashin will be off the books next season. Nobody wants to come to the Islanders because of the arena, that has been solved. Strome will center the second line. I think the Islanders are in the playoff hunt this year.... If not that would be tragic.
Yashin is finally off the books, what is he going to do when he is not receiving millions for doing nothing.
Fans have speculated that it wasn't the $4m salary, but the term. Isles did not want to give Parenteau a 4-5 yr deal, with their top kids getting close to nhl ready and Parenteau at 28, did not want a short term deal.
Tavares really benefitted from Parenteau becuase PA was good at getting a clean entry into the offensive zone. When PA got into the offensive zone there would usually be multiple defenders around him, he would then dish it to Tavares who worked in magic undressing the rest of the defense, which because of Parenteau's entry, wasn't much of a challenge for him.
JT needs an elite winger, one who can read his creativity and bury the puck. Nash would of been a great fit but that ship has sailed. What would the Isles have to give to get the a top ten winger LW or RW. The stable is full of ponys on the island make your offers.