Bo Horvat signs 8 year deal with Islanders

The New York Islanders have signed new acquisition Bo Horvat to an 8-year deal. Financial terms were not initially disclosed but per Elliotte Friedman the AAV is for $8.5 million.

“At the beginning of the year, I honestly thought I was going to be a Canuck,” Horvat said. “And I thought I was going to be a Canuck for life, to be honest with you. Just things didn’t work out that way and, you know, it led me to this. So, I’m grateful for that and I’m grateful that the New York Islanders really believe in me and I’m proud to be in New York Islander now.”

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Islanders extend Bo Horvat

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Apr 9, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat (53) waits for a face-off against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Rogers Arena. Vancouver won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Derek Cain-USA TODAY Sports

GM Lou Lamoriello really shook things up on the trade market early by trading for the Canucks captain well in advance of the March 3rd Trade Deadline. The Isles packaged forwards Anthony Beauvillier and Aatu Raty along with a top-12 protected first-round draft pick in 2023 in exchange for the Canucks longtime center last Monday.

Horvat, 27, is a big-time goal scorer with 31 on the season. He’s also amassed 54 points in 49 games and will wear the Number 14 with the Isles as he represented them at the All-Star Game this past weekend.

The Isles have desperately needed more offensive firepower to support Mat Barzal and they now have it. “We haven’t had a spark like this for a while,” Barzal said via Newsday’s Andrew Gross.

Back in December, Horvat rejected a Canucks’ offer in the $8 million per season range. The belief coming into today was that it would take max term and an AAV of $8.5M, which is exactly what happened.

According to Frank Seravalli, Horvat’s new deal does not have any signing bonus.