With the NHL season's guidelines looking a lot clearer after the announcement of a 56-game season, the Islanders are now moving closer to finalizing a contract for Mathew Barzal.
Barzal's agent, J.P. Barry, told The Athletic that he and the Isles have been in regular contact in the last several months, but the franchise is more comfortable moving forward with details a bit more ironed out.
“Now that we know all the rules and dates, we agreed to resume discussions this week together,” Barry said.
Brazal, a restricted free agent, has led the Islanders in points in each of the last three seasons, racking up 85, 62, and 60 points in each season, respectively - last season's total came in 68 games, as the NHL season was paused, and eventually went right to the playoffs, amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
According to AMNY, the "general consensus" is that Barzal will sign a deal somewhere within the two-or-three year range, worth about $6 or $7 million.
Barzal has until Feb. 11 to sign a deal, otherwise, he will be ineligible to play this season.