Guys that get bought out are usually the prime candidates for those that might be looking to just stay in the league even if that comes at a reduced cap number. Former New York Islander Josh Bailey was bought out by the Chicago Blackhawks after being dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks at the draft. With the versatile forward still on the free-agent market, you have to wonder if perhaps there is a chance to land the Bowmanville native.
Baily had some issues on the island last year playing in just 64 games and losing his spot in the lineup for the postseason. While that was not a great look, the player here did put up 8 goals and 17 assists for 25 points. This should be noted that these numbers came in a New York Islanders team that struggles offensively as a collective. In a system that encourages a little more offense and playing with a better “supporting cast”, maybe those numbers get back up to his career highs.
Those career highs for Josh Bailey? 18 goals, 53 assists, 71 points. This is a player that has the ability to score, do not let his down year from this most recent season. While at 33 years old, he is probably not going to see the other side of the 50-point mark again in his career. However, is it beyond the bounds to suggest he could help himself to maybe 10 goals and 30 points if he’s in the bottom six or even more if he’s in the top six to leave the kids together?