After being drafted ninth overall in the 2008 entry draft by the New York Islanders, the Islanders threw Josh Bailey right into the blue and orange sweater, and onto the ice. Bailey skate in 68 games that first season, adding up a total of 25 points. Bailey’s points have hovered around the 30 point mark in every season he has played.
Bailey agreed to a five year deal with the New York Islanders on Monday, the deal will pay Bailey an average of $3.3 million a season. Islanders GM Garth Snow is continuing to make good moves at the helm of the New York franchise, making smart signing at smart prices.
Josh Bailey is now the second highest paid forward on the New York Islanders. John Tavares is the only Islander forward making a bigger buck on a yearly basis than Bailey, which is odd at a $3.3 million cap hit. The Islanders have tons of money to spend, but don’t look like they’re in a hurry to spend it. The Islanders have signed Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, to one year $2 million deals, and traded for Cal Clutterbuck before signing him to a 4 year, $11 million deal.
The Islanders are paying players that know their rolls and don’t have an issue taking a small dollar amount. The Islanders have plenty of skill, and have plenty of cap space to add even more skill the next season. I’m sure they know what they’re doing, but with the realignment coming this season, New York is going to have a few more added division rivals.