Lee signed a new seven-year, $49 million contract with the Islanders on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Lee was one of the biggest names remaining in the free agency pool at the time of this writing -- several hours after goalie Sergei Bobrovsky signed with Panthers and stud forward Artemi Panarin announced he'd be taking his talents to the Big Apple. But given that Lee is the captain of the Islanders, it's not all that surprising that he's staying put. The Minnesota native produced 28 goals and 23 assists to complement a plus-20 rating last season -- without the help of John Tavares, mind you -- and he should continue hovering around three minutes of power-play time per game. Lee is a step below the elite class of forwards, but you could do much worse than drafting him as a No. 2 for your fantasy squad this fall.
Lee scored an empty-net goal while logging 14:56 of ice time in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Penguins.
Lee was able to secure the 3-0 series lead for his team, depositing the puck into the empty net from his own zone. The point was Lee's third of the series, and he now has a point in each game in the postseason. The Minnesota native has been a two-way player also, collecting 11 hits, two blocks and a plus-4 rating. Lee has averaged 3:21 of average power-play ice time in the first three games, so don't expect him to slow down anytime soon.
Lee is expected to be re-signed by the Islanders after the season ends, Arthur Staple of the Athletic reports.
Lee has 27 goals and 47 points in 76 games for an offensively challenged Islanders team this season. Those numbers are solid when you consider the mediocre talent around him.
Lee scored the game-winning goal Thursday in a 2-1 win over the Canadiens.
While it was only his eighth point in a stretch of 24 games, Lee's goal dealt a massive blow to Montreal's playoff hopes, as New York's captain converted on a 2-on-1 opportunity late in the third period, after a miscommunication on the part of two Montreal players. Thursday's deciding goal represents his 25th of the season, giving Lee 45 points through 70 games in 2018-19.
Lee got the Islanders on the board with his 21st goal of the year in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Oilers on Thursday.
Lee has now scored in three straight games, all against the Alberta-based teams. He also led the Islanders in shots with five and added two hits in a strong all-around performance, despite skating only 13:08.
Lee notched his 20th goal of the year in a 4-2 loss to the Flames on Wednesday.
Lee's 20th goal of the year tied the game early in the third period, but the Flames took over later in the frame. He has scored in consecutive games after recording only one assist in the prior 11 games. Lee is up to 40 points in 59 games, and may be returning to his early-season form.
Lee has struggled to score of late with no goals in his last nine games.
Lee may be feeling the pressure of not only the playoff push by the Islanders, but also that he is essentially playing for a new contract as he can be a free agent after the season. On the season, Lee has 18 goals and 20 assists in 55 games. Those numbers are a far cry from the 40 goals and 62 points he posted last year playing on the top line with John Tavares. While it's certainly no surprise that Lee isn't scoring as much without Tavares, this season makes it hard to determine what exactly his value is in free agency.
Lee scored twice in Thursday's 4-1 win over New Jersey.
Lee bookended the scoring, with his first goal occurring just 5:48 into the opening frame and the other tally coming into an empty net with 2:09 remaining in the third. With 18 goals through 46 games, Lee's on pace to top the 30-goal mark for the third consecutive season. While his scoring has dropped off from last year's 40-goal campaign, Lee has become much more responsible defensively, flipping his rating from minus-25 to plus-16.
Lee recorded a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Rangers.
Lee's second-period goal was originally credited to defenseman Nick Leddy, but it was later detected that Leddy's point shot was in fact redirected in front by Lee. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound forward makes a living screening goaltenders and deflecting pucks in front, with half of his 16 goals coming on the man advantage.
Lee scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Blues.
Lee's 15th snipe of the season came with less than five minutes to play and turned out to be the game winner. The 28-year-old now has 29 points for the season, good for third on the team. His assist came on Jordan Eberle's game-tying goal early in the third period.
Lee and the Islanders can start to work on a contract extension starting Tuesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Lee is in the final season of a four-year $15 million contract. The Islanders would seem to be wise to either sign him to an extension or trade him before the February 25 deadline. The team doesn't want to risk another John Tavares situation where they let a productive player leave the team for no compensation. According to league rules the earliest the team can sign him to an extension would be Tuesday, but that doesn't mean the team and Lee haven't had contract talks. Lee has 14 goals and 27 points in 37 games so far this season and would seem to be in line to make somewhere between $6-$7 million per season in his next deal.
Lee scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's win over the Avalanche.
Lee had a nifty redirect on his first goal, as Nick Leddy rocketed a slap shot from the blue line and Lee got enough of the backhand of his stick on the puck to steer it past Semyon Varlamov. Lee now has 12 goals and 12 assists in 32 games, and nine of his points have come on the power play. Look for him to keep the momentum rolling Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Lee had to briefly leave the game Saturday after taking a hard check from Niklas Kronwall of the Red Wings, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The hit was shoulder to the face of Lee, which resulted in eight stitches above Lee's left eyebrow and a few more above his lip. Kronwall will likely face discipline from the Department of Player Safety but was not penalized during the contest. Lee went scoreless in this game, but the hit did seem to energize the Islanders as they eventually came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Wings 3-2.
Lee set up two goals Saturday in a 4-1 win over Carolina.
It was Lee's first multi-point effort in almost a month. His last one came Oct. 28. Lee remains on pace to deliver 65 points, though his goals are indeed down from his 40-snipe high in 2017-18. But 25 goals would still be a fine result. His owner may be frustrated with him -- that could work to your advantage. Lee's overall fantasy value remains solid.
Lee is on pace to score about 25 goals and 60 points this season.
The loss of John Tavares has had a negative effect on Lee's ability to put the puck in the net. Lee had scored 34 and 40 goals playing with Tavares the past two campaigns but only averaged 20 assists. Without Tavares, Lee isn't scoring as much, though that could be because his shooting percentage has come down from a high of 19.2 last season to 11.3 this year. That said, Lee is still on pace to equal last season's point total of 62 and therefore is still a fantasy asset.
Lee notched a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes on Sunday.
Lee scored on the power play Sunday and also assisted on the eventual game-winner in an admirable encore to a four-point performance. He has points in four straight games and will face the Penguins on Tuesday. We advise that you continue to deploy him with confidence.
Lee scored a goal and added three assists in Saturday's 6-1 domination of the Flyers.
The four points matched Lee's career best, which was set on Feb. 14, 2015. Lee, Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson are a potent trio -- together, they put up eight points Saturday (three goals, five assists). Lee really needed the points -- he'd put up just five in eight games prior to this outburst, with no multi-point games. And while the 40-goal man has just three snipes this year, Lee should see an uptick if he and his linemates continue to show this level of chemistry.
Lee registered an assist, nine penalty minutes and two shots during Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Sharks.
The late-game fight with Evander Kane was a bit an outlier for Lee, but his helper gives him a respectable four points in the first seven games. The 28-year-old will struggle to hit the 30-goal mark now that he's no longer riding shotgun to John Tavares, but he's getting enough offensive opportunity to be worth rostering in most formats.
Lee and the Islanders have yet to begin negotiations on a new contract, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Lee is coming off of a 40-goal season and could command somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 or $8 million annually. One would think that the Islanders would've learned from the John Tavares situation over the summer and not let Lee reach free agency. Lee wants to remain with the Islanders and is likely to either reach a contract agreement with the team before the trade deadline in February or be moved to a new team for draft picks and/or prospects if not.
Lee scored the game-winning goal and fired six shots on net in Monday's 4-0 win over the Islanders.
It was Lee's second goal of the season -- both came on the power play -- and he's adding to his fantasy value by shooting 11 times in the last two games. His spot in the top six is clearly secure as he looks to take another run at 40 goals.
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