It appears to be that the New York Islanders have inquired with the Ottawa Senators about a trade for Matt Duchene. The wheels are now in motion.
Going into the last extend of the 2018-19 year, the New York Islanders are wanting to the trade deadline to insert some good quality up leading on their roster. Of the significant names available (Ottawa Senators Matt Duchene and Mark Stone as properly as Columbus Blue Jackets Artemi Panarin) it appears to be that the Islanders have kicked the tires on at least one.
The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta suggests that the New York Islanders have spoken to the Ottawa Senators on a trade for the team’s issue-per-game centre.
So what does that suggest for the Islanders prospects at getting one of the premier free brokers on the market place?
It is apparent as to why the New York Islanders are intrigued in Matt Duchene. By means of 49 games this year he has 56 factors. Placing him on pace for 83 factors by seasons stop. He’s excellent in the faceoff circle with a 53 p.c faceoff acquire amount over his entire NHL profession.
Oh, and he’s an absolute gem on the energy participate in. He’s scored 126 energy participate in factors over his profession. He’s currently picked up eleven this year with the struggling Senators.
This described dialogue concerning the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators possible begins the negotiations on any long term deal. If Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion is accomplishing his position appropriately what he’s accomplishing correct now is gauging the market place for his star participant.
Lou’s initial offer you will be extra to the pile of offers from the other groups intrigued. Then, closer to the trade deadline Dorion will ring them all up all over again and see who ups their deal.
If Lou can get out of the deal with out investing one of Kieffer Bellows, Noah Dobson, Oliver Wahlstrom, or Bode Wilde he’ll have struck a big coup for the Islanders. He’ll have received one of the leading facilities in the league (undoubtedly the most effective available) with out mortgaging his long term.
You also have to determine with the cap place the New York Islanders have as properly as their need to insert leading tier good quality to their lineup that Matt Duchene won’t merely be a rental, but perhaps indication on for a handful of additional decades.
Mark or Matt?
I’d even now desire the New York Islanders pull Mark Stone out of Ottawa. His model of participate in, as properly as his talent set, are a greater in good shape (in my belief) with what the Islanders are accomplishing than Matt Duchene. I’m even now not completely offered on Duchene getting a superior “locker area guy”.
With that getting mentioned, if any person can transform a participant into a superior locker area male, it is Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz.
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But for the correct rate, I’d be psyched for the Islanders to insert one of the significant names available at the trade deadline. A little something we haven’t see the Islanders do considering that the glory decades.