New York Islanders Trade Targets for Every NHL Team
The Flames need a goaltender and bad. They traded for Brian Elliot last offseason. It didn’t cost them much to get him, just a second round pick for a starter? Maybe they should have seen what was coming.
In 49 games this season, Elliot regressed significantly from his days in St Louis, producing a .910 SV% and 2.55 GAA. Which led the Flames to start Chad Johnson for a swath of the season. He wasn’t much better with a .910 SV% and 2.59 GAA in 36 games played.
Thankfully for the Flames, both are UFA’s this offseason. They can let both test free agency or decided which they’d like to resign (assuming both want to stay).
Unlike the Flames, the Islanders have to bonafide starters on the roster. Take your pick on which one goes, but the smart money would be on Greiss. He has a fantastic cap hit. He’s locked up for three years. And he doesn’t seem to have the same issues that Halak has.
Halak just won’t get the same return. And Mikael Backlund is a great return for the New York Islanders. With 51 points last season, that’s back-to-back seasons where his production has increased.
Let him hit 60 in a blue and orange and you’ll forget all about that second round pick sent to Calgary in order to sweeten the pot.