Casey Cizikas
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Leen Amin

The fan-favorite will hold down the team’s elite fourth line for years to come.

The New York Islanders have been suspiciously quiet this offseason, but finally made an announcement on Tuesday. They signed center Casey Cizikas to a six-year deal carrying an AAV of around $2.5 million.

Cizikas is arguably the best defensive fourth line center in hockey and anchors the best fourth line, the Identity Line, in the league.

Much of the Islanders’ success can be attributed to their depth as well as their unique and effective fourth line, on which Cizikas is the best.

Cizikas doesn’t do much scoring: he has 81 goals and 185 points in 590 career games and has scored just 14 points in each of his last two seasons. However, his defensive play makes up for what he lacks offensively.

Cizikas will be 36 years old when the deal expires, but he’s a fan-favorite and brings a lot to the table. Many teams are unable to go far because they don’t have Cizikas-esque players, and Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello is aware of this fact.

The term is long, but the value on this contract is quite good. Islanders fans will be excited to see their 4C stick around for six more years.

Leen has written about the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and international soccer. She is currently the primary NHL writer for ESNY. Leen's work has been featured on Bleacher Report and she was formerly a contributor for FanSided's New York Mets blog, Rising Apple. She is a co-host of the Yankees-Mets Express podcast.