The New York Islanders enter the trade deadline in an unexpected position, with differing opinions for how to approach the deadline, so we pulled together the Eyes On Isles writers for a quick roundtable.
We’ve seen the reader comments about different posts related to the New York Islanders trade deadline opinions. And, as it turns out, our writers are as divided as you all are.
Do something, do nothing, do nothing but re-sign everyone, trade for rentals, trade away rentals, trade Eberle, don’t trade Eberle, trade for defense, trade for offense, trade for a goalie and everywhere in between, so we had a conversation about it and here’s where we netted out
In a word: No
When it comes to the trade deadline I don’t think the New York Islanders should make any trades. Stay quiet. Because when you think about it the trade deadline is used for one of three things. Stocking up on draft picks, adding depth (usually on the back end) for a cup run, or bringing in rentals for that cup run. The Islanders shouldn’t do either.
The New York Islanders aren’t rebuilding. They already have decent depth in the lineup. And they should stay well away from the rental market. Bringing in a rental is short-term-ism that won’t benefit the Islanders. And with the cost of rentals (just look at what Rick Nash cost the Bruins) it doesn’t make sense to mortgage the future in year one.