Each would probably only be signable if they were getting an average of 9 million per over 3-5 years.
Definitely worth it. Wang won't do it after the Yashin mistake though. That kind of scratch would change the landscape, but if a better club offers anything near that I don't see them taking our offer either.
I would give Nabokov whatever he's asking to lock him up to a new deal. Two years would be perfect. Money's largely irrelevant here (I know it isn't for Wang...) but the Isles need a real #1 goalie. If that fails I'll resign Montoya to a one year deal.
I would then seek to trade our 1st round pick at the upcoming draft for some real solid pieces - a top 4 dman and a top six center who are signed for a few years yet. Possibly throwing in a prospect or two to get the deal done.
I would also upgrade our 4th line by getting a guy like Brandon Prust or similar. I'd add an experienced winger like Malone through trade to take some pressure off our youngsters.
How has your wife/GF not killed you yet? It's March and you still have your christmas lights up.
Anyway, yeah I agree with you. Isles need a lot more firepower then what the OP provided in order to insert themselves into next seasons playoff race. They need at least a #2 center, and a top pair Dman. I say that assuming PAP & Nabby will be resigned. If not, then they'll need a top 6 winger & a #1 goalie too.
They've been up since last Christmas! She's been too busy with our new baby to realize it!
I've broken down the player "types" that the Islanders as an organization have a chance to sign. They are as follows:
Young players who haven't proven themselves and are still looking to breakout
Veterans who are no longer effective and won't be wanted by a team contending for the Stanley Cup
Players with a personal link to the organization and who may want a home like Long Island
Want a place where they would get more playing time than usual so they can showcase their talent hoping for a bigger pay day down the line
Of everybody we've signed over the last three years, they can fit into one of those four categories...
That eliminates a large percentage of players in the NHL that will help improve our standings and many times it's luck whether it will pan out for us.
I think Parise is going to go long term just like Erhoff and Kovalchuk. I don't see the Isles making a long term pitch like that to Suter or Parise. I also don't seem them signing here.
We need to draft a defenseman in the first round this year if we are going to progress with the prospect rebuilding route.
The question is, there is not much in the way of defenseman on their last legs for us to sign next season. Snow definitely has his work cut out for him.