New York Islanders Daily: Improving At The Deadline

By Matt O'Leary
Jan 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Islanders are certainly in the mix for the playoffs. Will their GM make a move at the deadline or sit on his hands?

The question heading into the trade deadline is are the New York Islanders good as is? Despite recent success, it would still be wise for the Isles, and Garth Snow, to look for a deal. The team is supposedly keeping their options open.

Assistant General Manager/Head Coach Doug Weight says “We’re in a position where we can really do something.”

The Islanders are in a position in which they have to go for it. They have depth at defense they could afford to move a defenseman in order to bring in a forward.

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The dream I think is Matt Duchene, but the Isles would have to give up a lot. Like, Mathew Barzal and a first round pick a lot. I’m not so sure Garth would pull the trigger on something like that just based on recent history.

Another interesting name that Arthur Staple brings up is Anthony Duclair. Last year for the Coyotes he put up good numbers, over 20 goals and over 40 points. Although this year he’s struggled mightily.

Maybe he’s a guy who just needs a change of scenery? This one is a more risky move, but this is the kind of move I could see Garth make. I would definitely prefer a proven player like Duchene, but if the price is right Duclair certainly has potential. If Garth did pull the trigger on Duclair he better hope he pans out, his job might depend on it.

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