By bringing in one of the leading athletics executives at any time and the most latest Stanley Cup-successful mentor, the Islanders have turned the website page on the John Tavares era and technique Monday’s NHL trade deadline atop the Metropolitan Division.
But if the Isles’ want to make a Stanley Cup operate, Lou Lamoriello will have to deliver in at the very least one experienced ahead who can rating before the NHL trade deadline passes Monday at 3 p.m.
Matt Duchene is no longer an possibility just after Columbus acquired him from Ottawa on Friday. A lot of fantastic choices continue to be on the current market, some who will value extra in assets than other folks. This is a appear at players who can enable the Islanders down the extend and in the playoffs:
Ottawa experienced been attempting to function out an extension with Stone, but it appears a offer would not be attained and he’ll be moved before the deadline. He is the crown jewel of the current market, a marvelous two-way ahead who’s averaging extra than a issue for each match and presently has a vocation-higher 28 aims.
Stone would be a fantastic in good shape for the Isles, but the cost may be too higher. Lamoriello may balk at dealing 3 or 4 sizeable assets for a rental.
Artemi Panarin would be an additional premium possibility on the wing, but with Columbus adding Duchene to check out to make a operate, it likely would acquire a king’s ransom to make a trade take place. Would Lamoriello section with Oliver Wahlstrom or Noah Dobson? How about Josh Ho-Sang?
KEVIN HAYES/MATS ZUCCARELLO
Previous year the Rangers did a offer with the Devils. Would they enable the Islanders beef up for a Cup operate?
It is tricky to see happening, but both of those Hayes and Zuccarello would be fantastic additions for the Isles. Hayes would acquire stress off of Mat Barzal, adding playmaking ability, dimension and defensive ability to the Isles’ leading-6.
Zuccarello has been on a fantastic operate for most of the very last thirty day period. Offered his long-standing position as a fan beloved at the Back garden, he’d feel even much less likely than Hayes to be shipped to Brooklyn/Nassau, and the current market appears to be competitive for both of those players.
The 30-year-old has not been as productive this period on a Flyers team likely to skip the playoffs, but a veteran with his objective-scoring record and playoff knowledge could deliver a enhance to a team like the Islanders.
With 15 aims and 33 assists through 61 game titles, the 29-year-old is on speed to ideal his vocation-higher in points — 54 in 2014-15. He has a no-trade clause, but it’d be tricky to think he’d prevent a trade to a division-foremost team. A quite stable piece who’d be a fantastic addition to the Isles’ leading-6 and would not value an arm and a leg.
A nutritious Johansson will be a sneaky fantastic insert for a contending team. The 28-year-old ahead has 72 game titles of playoff knowledge and is heating up with 12 points in his very last 13 game titles. Shouldn’t have to have a leading prospect.
Acquiring a vocation year with 44 points in 58 game titles, and with him sitting down out of the Senators’ lineup it appears he is there for the having.
His return to the NHL this period has not really labored out with the Kings heading through a misplaced period. Lamoriello did give the veteran winger a 15-year contract with the Devils. Perhaps he brings him again to the Tri-Condition place.