It’s fairly easy to point out who in particular has been struggling so heavily on the New York Islanders and it can have more than just an on-ice effect.
It seems like the New York Islanders are going to have to make a trade to improve their team. Arthur Staple brings up a good point when it comes to why it’ll be tough for the Islanders to make a move.
In order for the Islanders to make a trade they would be going one of two routes.
One way would be parting ways with young prospects, which could be risky in itself. What makes a prospect valuable is the unknown and potential. Certainly the Islanders can trade a Michael Dal Colle for instance. But, what if they give him up and he turns into a star while the veteran they trade him for doesn’t impact the team this year, and doesn’t stay long term what did you gain?
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Part two would be trading a player like Ryan Strome. Although, at this point you wouldn’t possibly yield the return you would’ve in the past because of how terrible he’s been the last two years.
So it’s either sell a prospect and possibly get burned, or move a guy like Strome for lesser value. I’m not saying the Islanders should stay put with what they have. They’re just in a tough spot as they currently sit.
So you could wait and not mortgage the future, but then it’s another year of John Tavares wasted. It’s a tough call, that’s why I’m glad I’m not an NHL general manager who has to make these decisions.
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