New York Islanders Daily Waiver Issue With Defenseman

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Ryan Pulock
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Ryan Pulock /
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Since the New York Islanders signed Adam Pelech yesterday the team has a little issue with their defensive situation and waivers. What Garth Snow does next should be interesting.

It was brought to our attention that the New York Islanders are going to have some issues with defenseman and waivers. The Isles currently have eight defensemen who need to be on the roster or they’ll be subject to waivers.

Since it’s been made pretty clear that the Isles care very deeply about Adam Pelech they won’t want to lose him in waivers. There’s a strong likelihood that the team will be forced to carry all eight on the roster.

The Isles won’t be carrying three goalies this year so that free’s up one spot! It seems like the way to go is 13 forwards eight defenseman and two goalies.

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If that’s the case then the chances of Mathew Barzal making the roster may have just slimmed down. Anders Lee, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Josh Ho-Sang, Jason Chimera, Anthony Beauvillier, Josh Bailey, Nikolai Kulemin, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck and Shane Prince makes 13.

So Alan Quine would likely get waived and Barzal likely starts the year in Bridgeport. This signing certainly makes things difficult for Garth roster wise.

Could he possibly make another trade to help free up space so they aren’t forced to carry all eight defensemen? That seems like the easiest of solutions, but at this point, the trade front has seemed to calm down.

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