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Islanders Trade Deadline Possibilities

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Dec 20, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) skates with the puck while being pursued by Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

NYI receives: RW Jaromir Jagr and D Marek Zidlicky

NJD receives: 2015 4th round pick, 2016 2nd round pick and C Johan Sundstrom

Why it makes sense for Islanders: This trade would eliminate two gaping holes that the Islanders have coming into the deadline, a veteran winger and a veteran defenseman. Jagr, who just celebrated his 43rd birthday, is leading the Devils in points this year and is still producing despite his age. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Jagr would like to be traded to an Eastern Conference contender. Jagr can be a nice fit on the Islander’s top line until Kyle Okposo returns from injury.

Like Jagr, thirty-eight year old defenseman Zidlicky continues to produce despite his age. The offensive-minded defenseman has 22 points thus far which leads all Devils D-men. Zidlciky is smooth with the puck and can provide some nice insurance with Lubomir Visnovsky being injury prone and the team not wanting to rely on Brian Strait come playoff time. Both he and Jagr would bring veteran and Cup experience to a team that could use a little more of both.

Why it makes sense for Devils: With the team unlikely to make the playoffs this season, the Devils will be looking to unload veteran players with expiring contracts to contenders. Instead of letting Jagr and Zidlicky walk when their contracts expire at the end of the season, getting a 2nd and a 4th round pick along with a prospect should be sufficient. Johan Sundstrom, a former second round pick by the Islanders in 2011, is a power forward who has the potential to be a 3rd/4th line player. With the Islanders having enough depth, they can afford to trade Sundstrom, who struggled in his brief stint with the team last season.

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