New York Islanders: Six Outside The Box Trade Options For Offense

By Tim Stevenson
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Brock Nelson
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Brock Nelson /
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NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 08: Jaroslav Halak
NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 08: Jaroslav Halak /

The New York Islanders recently traded away valuable asset and fan favorite Travis Hamonic for draft picks. The Isles need another talented forward to become a truly competitive team and convince team Captain, Johnny ‘over-time’ Tavares, to resign.

Many fan’s prayers call for Matt Duchene’s name on the back of a blue and orange jersey; but Joe Sakic hasn’t budged in his trade negotiations. As the offseason passes by the Islanders must consider alternative ways to better the team.

The Islanders options for improvement up front are in flux as the summer moves along. It would appear however that the further we go the fewer our options. Considering this I’ve proposed several trades, some more feasible than others.

Before we start I’d like to note a couple of factors which contributed to my decision making. First and most importantly, I acted on the belief that if the Islanders can add another top-tier forward they can make a deep playoff run. With this in mind I made the trade proposals a little heavy handed from our side.

So please don’t grimace at what the Isles might be losing in the future because our time is now, not soon, or someday.

I decided to really sell out for next season because A– the Isles are getting close to being a Cup contender, and B–they want to show Tavares they can win and he should stay.

I love a good list so let’s do this…