Scott Mayfield endorses Islanders ahead of free agency

Scott Mayfield grew up in St. Louis and he can declare Denver as a second residence after enjoying there in school. But Long Island, the place he is performed his whole NHL profession and lives full-time, would possibly find yourself being the place he places down roots.

Assuming, that’s, he will get by free agency this summer time with the supposed end result.

“I find it irresistible right here. My spouse loves it right here. We’ve sort of arrange, we’ve a home now,” Mayfield informed The Post ahead of Saturday’s match in opposition to the Canadiens. “We have pals exterior of hockey. We love the neighborhood. We love what we’re capable of do. We have season tickets that we’re capable of have army members at video games. So we have undoubtedly embedded ourselves locally.

“I like the blokes within the room, I like the possession, I like the entrance workplace, teaching employees, they coach the best way I like. It’s a super state of affairs. We prefer it there quite a bit.”

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That quantities to an emphatic endorsement of staying put ahead of what can be Mayfield’s second likelihood at unrestricted free agency. The first by no means obtained so far as the summer time, with Mayfield signing a five-year extension in January 2018 with a median annual worth of $1.45 million.

The 30-year-old is probably going due for a elevate, though precisely how a lot will rely upon whether or not or not the wage cap stays flat over the summer time. After NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sounded pessimistic concerning the chance of the gamers paying off escrow in time for the cap to balloon this summer time at December’s GM conferences, a flat cap is seen because the probably end result. But with nothing confirmed as but, it could be no shock for a lot of of the league to attend and ensure they do not miss out on additional {dollars} by signing now.

Still, Mayfield mentioned he has not instructed his agent to attend on negotiating and doesn’t have a prohibition on doing so throughout the season, as some gamers do.

“I undoubtedly have not mentioned any of that to my agent,” Mayfield mentioned. “If it is one thing that comes up, it comes up, however on the similar time, I feel proper now we’re fearful about getting within the win column a bit of bit extra.”

The Islanders carried a four-game dropping streak into Saturday’s sport, hardly a super place to be as they discover themselves combating for the second wild-card spot within the Eastern Conference. Mayfield scored the lone purpose for the Isles on Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Minnesota, skipping a puck off the ice to beat Filip Gustavsson from the purpose for a purpose that, reality be informed, NHL goaltenders ought to simply cease.

Still, Mayfield’s fifth purpose of the season tied his career-high. And though he and everybody else is aware of his worth comes extra on the defensive finish, that may be a good milestone to have simply 43 video games right into a contract yr.

“It’s been a bit of bit totally different,” he admitted. “You do not need to give it some thought. You simply need to exit and play, you need to take care of enterprise on that finish. It’s undoubtedly been a bit of bit totally different — anybody who says [free agency’s] not on their thoughts, it is gotta be a bit of bit.

“It’s simply half of the sport, however on the similar time, all I can do is show to folks right here that I belong. I simply need to showcase my sport and present what I can do. I’m not eager about it in phrases of fearful about it in any respect. It’s all gonna work out, no matter occurs.”


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