New York Islanders Roundtable: Good Return for Halak
A good return for Halak? It would be good for him to return to the third round of playoffs this spring. It would be good for him to return to being a dependable reliable starter. It would be good for him to return to the form he showed in the World Cup last month.
As far as what would be palatable in a trade, I think the Isles should look big picture. Nobody is going to knowingly hand you what you need in return for Halak — a star player.
So either go with the slightly less impossible theory of packaging Halak with something valuable (de Haan, Lee, draft picks) to get a first line player, OR think of what asset he could return that might have value to a team with an all-star to unload.
So for instance, if Dallas offered Nichushkin and Oleksiak and a goalie as a salary dump, I’d consider that.
The Isles are worse in the short run. But maybe Nichushkin has value to a rebuilding team. Maybe Oleksiak makes trading a defender easier. I don’t see any reasonable “good return” in the short run. So a “good return” is one that would hopefully fuel a better move in the near future.