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New York Islanders: Top 5 Players Likely To Be Traded

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Apr 15, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey during third period action in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey during third period action in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Islanders have their fair share of brilliant signings and overpaid players.  With the Islanders straddling dangerously close to the max salary cap, they may seek to dish away some talents who are being excessively paid. Look for the Isles to dump some salary this season as they prepare for next year’s free agents.

After this year’s offseason the New York Islanders are in very unfamiliar territory. For the first time in seemingly forever the Islanders have find themselves riding shotgun with the max salary cap.

It’s a feat many teams reach at some point when they are among the most competitive. And the common ground that all competitive teams find themselves in is this: to avoid going over the salary limit they must either let players walk or trade players that they don’t (and sometimes do) want to keep.

And this is exactly where the Islanders have found themselves, already being forced to let Kyle Okposo walk to find cheaper options.

The Islanders are a short reach from hitting that salary ceiling. With RFA Ryan Strome left to sign, they will only move even closer to that max.

Soon the Islanders will have to do what no team wishes to do, which is of course trade away some depth to make room for future signings. With the team set to give many players pay raises in the next few seasons while limited by cap, management will decide the fate of who will remain and depart.

To give you an idea of who may soon leave the island, here are the top five candidates the Isles will likely explore in the trade market.

Next: Honorable Mentions

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