Though nobody knows when this offseason will officially start, whenever it does, the New York Islanders will have some new contracts to give out. They have three RFAs and several UFAs to ponder re-signing. Whatever happens, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which Mathew Barzal does not get the most significant deal given out by the Isles this summer.
But according to Barzal, those contract talks haven’t happened yet. He became eligible to sign an extension on Jan. 1. Barzal will be a restricted free agent after this season and is primed to get a significant raise after having three consecutive seasons with at least 60 points.
The 22-year-old forward, who turns 23 in May, had this to say in a recent interview.
“There’s bigger things we’ve got to worry about right now in terms of heading to the playoffs this year,” said Barzal, via NHL.com. “But at the same time, whenever we’re ready to sit down and get it done, I’d love for that to happen.”