NHL Rumors: Islanders expected to announce Mathew Barzal deal, Devils looking at Jimmy Howard, and more

Mathew Barzal will get paid (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders are expected to announce a new deal for RFA Mathew Barzal today.

NHL Rumors: Islanders Barzal deal imminent

Mathew Barzal has already taken a physical and is on Long Island ready to get to work. All he needed was a new deal and it appears that’s about to get done.

As far as what the AAV will be, talks that the number will be anywhere between $6 and $8.5 million.

Mathew Barzal rumors
Mathew Barzal bridge deal (Getty Images)

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Barzal’s new deal comes with a $7 million AAV.

NHL Rumors: Devils looking at Jimmy Howard

The NJ Devils lost Corey Crawford due to personal reasons and are now looking at veteran Jimmy Howard as a replacement.

Howard, now 36 years of age was under assault last season for a terrible Red Wings team and managed a 2-23-2 record. However, in 543 NHL games Howard’s record is solid at 246-196-70 with a 2.62 GAA and .912 SV%.

He’s only played for one franchise, but is probably eager to get back to work soon.

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