NHL: Islanders Have Stanley Cup Hopes

The Islanders have brought back four key contributors from their second straight run to the NHL’s final four.

Unrestricted free agents Casey Cizikas and Kyle Palmieri, as well as RFAs Anthony Beauvillier and Ilya Sorokin all will return and have signed their new deals.

The 30-year-old Cizikas, the center on the team’s all-important “Identity Line” alongside Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin, inked a deal worth $15 million over six seasons, according to multiple reports.

“I’m gonna die an Islander, that’s the way to put it,” said Cizikas, who is entering his 11th season with the team. “There was no doubt, Long Island is my home and will always be my home. There was nowhere else I wanted to be.”

“I want to retire an Islander. That’s my goal and that’s something I’m going to be really proud of. … It’s exciting what we’re doing right now and going forward we have one hell of a team and we’re gearing up for another big year.”

Palmieri, the former Devil acquired by GM Lou Lamoriello at the trade deadline, reportedly received a four-year deal worth $20 million, while Beauvillier was signed for three years at an average annual value of $4.15 million.

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