The Islanders already missed out on their coveted free agent in C John Tavares this offseason. But that is now officially in the past, and focus turns toward another Isles key cog that will see his contract expire at the end of the year as well.
C Anders Lee is in the final year of his four-year, $15 million deal, after which he becomes an unrestricted free agent. It is too early to tell if Lee will take Tavares' route and hear out potential suitors next offseason, but that isn't even on his mind.
According to Newsday's Andrew Gross, Lee isn't worried about his contract situation, saying "our cases are different."
An Isles sixth-round pick back in 2009, Lee finished with 62 points (40 goals, 22 assists) over a full 82-game 2017 season. He has become a vital part of New York's offensive attack, and with Tavares gone, he is one of the main veteran leaders on the squad.