Strome, 23, was a restricted free agent. He had 28 points (8G, 20A) in 71 games last season for the Isles. He then added four points (1G, 3A) in eight playoff games.
But it was hardly a smooth year for the former fifth overall draft pick. He was sent to AHL Bridgeport for eight games in November, and he was an occasional healthy scratch in the playoffs. His point total fell from 50 (17G, 33A) in 2014-15.
That’s why, even after today’s announcement, there’s considerable pressure on Strome to bounce back this season. It remains to be seen how much leverage he’ll have, and where he’ll be, when his next contract negotiation takes place.