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Bo Horvat Signs Extension With The New York Islanders

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Bo Horvat Signs Eight-Year Extension With The Islanders

Bo Horvat is no longer a rental. The newest member of the New York Islanders is set up to become one of the longest-tenured ones as well. The All-Star and former Canucks captain locked up an eight-year extension in New York to the tune of $68 million. Ever since acquiring the 27-year-old, it is little surprise that Lou Lamoriello’s priority became extending him. And it’s safe to say that it was a priority for Horvat as well.

Despite not even playing a single game, one of the biggest fishes in 2023 free agency is now off the board. You can say what you want about the trade itself. Aatu Raty could pan out into a solid NHL player. But, with an extension now finalized, I don’t think the Islanders lost. Horvat has been amazing for a floundering Canucks team with an impressive 31 goals in 49 games. Right away he helps the team on both ends and the power play.

Looking Ahead

In all honesty, it is not an overstatement to say the Isles need more. Horvat definitely pushes the needle in the right direction. But this team is overloaded with centers. Mathew Barzal is set to move to the wing to accommodate a new-look top line. However, Josh Bailey is currently the third man up there. He is not by any means a first-line, or even top-six forward.

Vancouver retaining 25% of Horvat’s remaining deal is a telling sign. Even though he is quiet 99% of the time, I think people can tell that Lamoriello is gonna try. As I’ve said before, New York has needed scoring wingers. A need that has been around for the better part of a decade.

The trade market still has plenty of options. Timo Meier could be out of reach. Depending on the asking price, the same could be said for Patrick Kane. One name I have always advocated for is Vladimir Tarasenko. He would fit in very nicely alongside either Horvat or Nelson in the top six. On an expiring deal and injury concerns, the Blues may not ask for too much. However, there would likely be plenty of suitors. With even fewer assets, Lamoriello would have to strike the right deal. But it is a deal that moves the Islanders quite closer to contender status.

Bo Horvat is going to be a rich man. He agreed to a well-deserved contract extension with the New York Islanders. With his debut slated for tomorrow in Philadelphia, he is set to be one of the faces of the franchise for the long haul.

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