The New York Islanders have re-signed an important part of their young defensive core. They have come to terms with Nick Leddy, a 23-year-old blueliner, to a seven-year term worth $38.5 million.
Nick Leddy was acquired by the Islanders in early October and has thrived since. The Islanders defensive core, which includes Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, has been a major reason for the Islanders’ success. Leddy will be expected to continue his great play for the next seven seasons. He was set to hit restricted free agency this summer.
“Nick has proven to be an elite defenseman in this league at a young age,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “He’s the type of player on the ice, in the locker room and in the community that we’re thrilled to add as a cornerstone of our defensive core.”
The only question would be the term, seven years for a player who has never notched more than 37 points in a year is a lot. Also, at the age of 23, it’s hard to know about Leddy’s overall long-term potential. But these are common queries for young players with long-term deals, which are becoming more and more frequent.
To sum it up, Nick Leddy is coming with the Islanders to Brooklyn.