Varlamov signs a very strange contract with the Islanders

Uh… what!?

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In case you missed it, former New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner has signed a one year, $5 million deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

This reportedly comes after Lehner turned down a two year, $10 million deal from the New York Islanders. Strange…

To make matters even stranger, the Islanders have turned around and signed former Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a four year, $20 million deal that comes with… you guessed it… an AAV of $5 million. 

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Read below for the full press release announcement of the deal courtesy of the Islanders’ official website:

The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Semyon Varlamov has agreed to terms on a four-year contact. 
Varlamov has played the last eight seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and compiled a record of 183-156-38. Last year, he finished with a record of 20-19-9, a goals-against average of 2.87 and a .909 save percentage. His best season came in 2013-14 when he posted a 41-14-6 record, had a 2.41 GAA and a .927 save percentage. His 41 wins led the league that season. The Samara, Russia native was the runner-up in voting for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the goalie adjudged to be the best at this position and named to the NHL Second All-Star Team. 
A selection of the Washington Capitals in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft, Varlamov has an overall record of 213-169-50, a 2.68 GAA and a .916 SV% in 448 career games with the Capitals and Avalanche.Varlamov started his pro career with the Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He played in 33 games with Hershey over a three-year span and finished with an overall record of 24-8-2. 
Internationally, Varlamov has represented Russia at three World Championships (2010, 2012, 2013) and the World Junior Championship in 2007 where he had a 5-1 record, helping Team Russia to a silver medal. 
So the Isles didn’t want to gamble more than two years on Lehner, but they’re happy to shell out four years to Varlamov? Strange…