Barzal was a restricted free agent and had not been at Islanders training camp, but was on the ice with his team for Saturday’s practice.
“The whole negotiation was totally respectable on both sides,” Barzal said. “I think it’s pretty clear that I love it on the Island. This is a fun place to be and a fun place to play, so no frustration ever started to sink in.”
With the league’s salary cap in a state of flux due to uncertainty around when fans will be allowed back in arenas, Barzal and the Islanders agreed to a shorter deal than perhaps was initially thought. But for the next three years, he’s focused on what’s ahead of him on the ice.
“I love it here, so I would have had no problem signing a long-term deal,” Barzal said. “But at the end of the day, the circumstances of this year are so different and strange. This is nothing that the league has ever had to deal with. It’s unfortunate times, but I think both sides came to a deal we were happy with and now we can turn the page and in the next three years, try to win a Stanley Cup.
The 23-year-old top-line center notched 60 points (19 goals, 41 assists) in to lead the team in scoring last season and scored another 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 22 postseason games.
Barzal was drafted by the Islanders with 15th overall pick in 2015 and has 207 points (59 goals, 148 assists) in 234 career NHL games. He won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) in 2017-18.
Source: Yahoo Sports