The New York Islanders today announced the re-signing of defenseman Nick Leddy to a seven-year, $38.5 million contract. 

Isles re-sign Leddy to seven-year, $38.5 million deal.

Isles re-sign Leddy to seven-year, $38.5 million deal.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leddy was slated to  become a restricted free agent this summer. He’ll now earn an average annual cap hit of $5. 5 million beginning in 2015-16. That just over double his current annual salary of $2.7 million.

This move comes as no surprise. Since being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in early-October, the 23-year-old Leddy became a key piece of the Isles defense corps. He’s second in points among their defensemen. As he’s poised to reach his playing prime, this deal could shake out to be worthwhile for the Islanders over the long term.

With Leddy now locked up, Isles GM Garth Snow will turn his sights on re-signing Johnny Boychuk, who’s a UFA this summer. Seeing Leddy receive a substantial deal could convince Boychuk to stick with an Islanders team poised for Cup contention very soon.