With the participate in of Robin Lehner for the New York Islanders, it seems that they may possibly just have an alternative in between the pipes for the speedy future. But what about Isles goalie prospect Ilya Sorokin? What’s the deal with him yet again?
Drafted in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, Russian goalie Ilya Sorokin has set up online video-game like figures in the KHL. In 200 regular season online games in the KHL since 2013-14, Sorokin has averaged 1.77GAA with a .928SV%. Its the variety of figures that Islanders admirers have craved for many years.
The Islanders extended-time period future in between the pipes need to have been to have Sorokin there. That was until eventually Robin Lehner turned 1 of the greatest goalies in the NHL.
Due to the fact becoming obtained as a free agent on a solitary calendar year deal Lehner has a 2.02GAA and .931SV%. Both of those guide the league for any goalie participating in much more than 15 online games. Extending Lehner would be a fantastic strategy, but for how extended?
If the strategy is to sooner or later have Ilya Sorokin be the starter how extended of a deal need to the Islanders give to Lehner? What need to we retain in mind regarding Sorokin’s contractual predicament to make a choice?
In 2017 Ilya Sorokin signed a contract extension with his KHL club CSKA Moscow, that would past until eventually the conclude of the 2019-2020 year. So we know he’s nonetheless with the KHL beneath contract.
Fantastic! Just acquire it out and get on a airplane! It is not that easy. We have found KHL players acquire out their promotions in the previous. But when it will come to buyouts there’s a treatment. In accordance to Igor Eronko, there’s a 15-thirty day period buyout method that players will need to adhere to when it will come to a buyout.
On Ilya Sorokin’s predicament: if he needs to acquire his contract out, he need to utilize for the method 15 months ahead of the true buyout. He has not but. So possibly CSKA allows him go (they won’t) or he stays until eventually 2020 #Isles
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) December 5, 2018
That signifies at the earliest, Sorokin could be here for the 2020-21 NHL year. Assuming he nonetheless needs to occur to the NHL that is.
If Sorokin were to occur to the NHL he’d nonetheless be issue to entry-stage contract guidelines. European players never have to signal ELCs wit the NHL as soon as they flip 28 a long time outdated in accordance to write-up 9.1 (c) of the NHL CBA.
At 23-a long time-outdated (turning 24 in August) it would be a extended time ahead of the Islanders were to see Sorokin. Assuming what is stopping him from coming around is that max $925,000 ELC (devoid of bonuses).
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A two calendar year extension for Robin Lehner would include next year and then the initially calendar year with Sorokin on the roster. From there GM Lou Lamoriello can determine what to do with Sorokin and Robin Lehner.
I’m beautifully good giving Robin Lehner a two-calendar year extension. But that is assuming we know that Ilya Sorokin is coming to North The united states. Obviously, we never. It is really hard to predict what a really paid player in the KHL like Ilya Sorokin will do. Sticking with what the Isle know in Lehner may possibly be the greatest system and determine it out afterward if Sorokin can make the leap.