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Isles sign Bailey — five years, $16.5 million

Jul 15, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

Josh Bailey AP

Josh Bailey has agreed to terms on a five-year deal with the New York Islanders, the club announced today.

Bailey had 11 goals and eight assists in 38 games this past season. The 23-year-old forward had filed for arbitration, but obviously a hearing won’t be needed now.

Per ESPN’s Katie Strang, the contract is worth $16.5 million, garnering a cap hit of $3.3 million.

“Josh has become an important member of the young core of the players we have in our dressing room,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a release. “We’re excited to come to terms with him on a deal that will ensure he is a member of this team as we solidify ourselves as consistent playoff contenders.”

Bailey was originally drafted ninth overall by the Isles in 2008.

  1. sergeikremlin - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    That’s a great cap hit for the Isles, on a young player who is going to continue to get better over the next 5 years.

  2. timmons94 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    As a pens fan, love this kid and what islanders are building

  3. tjvalley - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    This is great news as the isles young core is in place for quite a few years. The isles will be very dangerous very fast. Garth snow has continues to show that the GM position is where he belongs and the islander fans are going to be enjoying a long stretch of fun islander watching. Thank you snow for getting this done. Now I can enjoy my summer with no worries of what the team will be like going into camp.

    • islesjb - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      “Now I can enjoy my summer with no worries of what the team will be like going into camp”
      *aside from goaltending

      Glad they worked something out. I think this will end up being a very good deal for the Isles as Bailey’s skills seem to be trending upwards.

      • bcisleman - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        Good point about goaltending. Question is whether Garth is simply playing chicken w/ ANA and StL or whether he really intends to roll the dice on a season w/ Nabby and KP in the net. Might want another top fiver to take Nino’s place.

  4. rjmisles1980 - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Great job by Isles and Garth Snow to lock him up. This kid is just starting to show what he can do. Anyone who watched the Islanders last season knows that Bailey was a huge part of their late season success.

  5. tjvalley - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Jb, signing nabby was just a way to keep continuity and buy some time to work something out. We have no choice as we have to find something cause nabby is trending downward and he’s not roloson so he will have to split time at his age. Something tells me that anders Neilson is going to get a shot now that they figured out what was ailing him last season. But who knows. We still have 2/3s of a season to work something out and nabby has enough in the tank to get us that far without hurting us.

    • islesjb - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      By my comment I was trying to say that we can’t be very confident in the goalie situation and not, “our goalie situation is terrible and we’re screwed.”

      Nabby will give us some good games but can’t handle the same kind of workload he was given last year so all depends on if either Nillson or more likely, Poulin can step up and win us some games.

      I think the Isles are a playoff team this year but the deciding factor will be how well our goalies perform. Isles fans would certainly be more comfortable if Garth pulled off a #1G signing. Should be an exciting season either way.

      • jc1024buf - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        We have a couple of #1’s in Buffalo, we wouldnt mind giving away Miller. ha

      • islesjb - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        Miller would probably be a little too rich for Garth’s blood

  6. tjvalley - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM


  7. tjvalley - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Miller blew his load already. I would take him but not for the money he get paid.

  8. luz56 - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Telephone conversation…Hello … hello Jay Feaster are you there??? Off season has started … Oh ok …your at the wrong buffet! Your choice of players not food Jay. Get back on the game!!

  9. jr507 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Another one of the kids locked up to a team friendly deal. By the end of last year, Bailey was showing the second best hands on the team behind JT, and was scoring in shootouts (when Frans surprisingly got cold). If the next gen of offensive players (Strome, Nelson, Lee) can join the mix in the next two years, wow.

    And yet there are still idiotic Snow bashers out there. Go Isles.

  10. steelersc - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    i was able to watch josh playing for bietigheim in germany during last seasons lockout, and i am happy to see him playing for an upcoming franchise the next
    years! go josh

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