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New York Islanders Roundtable: Good Return for Halak

Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) stops a shot in front of Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) stops a shot in front of Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 9, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16) scores a goal past Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) and defenseman Brian Campbell (51) looks on at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16) scores a goal past Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) and defenseman Brian Campbell (51) looks on at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports /

Michel Anderson

The second a player decides he wants to leave his value drops considerably. Such is the luck of the Islanders in this Jaroslav Halak debacle.

There are only a few teams that could use a starting goaltender of Halak’s calibre and they either don’t have anything to offer the Islanders, want the Isles want, they won’t give up, or have just picked up their own goaltenders.

Like Ottawa, who just today traded for former Montréal Canadiens backup/starter Mike Condon just yesterday. So who’s left who needs a goalie and has the assets that the Isles need?

The two worst teams in terms of save percentage this season are the Flyers (.867) and Hurricanes (.874). The Flyers have a capable tandem in Mason and Neuvrith, they should be able to bounce back.

The Hurricanes have Cam Ward and Eddie Lack. Neither have proven they can be good enough to be considered a starting goalie in the NHL. As far as targets with Carolina my eye falls to Ellias Lindholm.

If Carolina wants the piece between the pipes that’s going to give them league average goaltending and maybe steal a few games, they’re going to have to pay a bit. You got to give to get.

A one-for-one probably won’t get this done so the Isles might have to throw in a pick to try and sway Ron Francis on this one. A second rounder thrown into the mix might be enough.

Lindholm is young and provides scoring abilities, with his 39 points in the last two season. But you know what? The Isles already have a ton of mid-range forward. So adding another one doesn’t move the figurative needle forward for the Isles. I’d actually rather the Isles hold on to Halak and make him earn a trade. Raise your worth to a point where we, the Isles, can get what we want.

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