We aren’t used to celebrating the New York Islanders. Outside of those four back-to-back Stanley Cup wins there isn’t much to celebrate. But some of their trades need celebrating.
Outside of the New York market, the New York Islanders are known for a few things; arena issues, some of the worst contracts ever given out, and some of the more ill-advised trades ever in the NHL.
Tell a hockey fan that you’re a New York Islanders fan and you can feel the pitty they have for you as they remember the Alexei Yashin trade. Or trading away Roberto Luongo in favor of Rick DiPietro. Or Nino Niederreiter for Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick.
The New York Islanders have certainly been fleeced in terms of trades.
But not always. On at least ten occasions the Islanders have been the ones to do the fleecing. On at least ten occasions they either brought in a better player then what they gave up, or they brought in a player for what amounted to a bag of magic beans.
Those are the trades that will be celebrated here. Trades where the New York Islanders were the clear winner of the transaction.