Derek Forbort | Los Angeles Kings
Contract: $650,000/1 year + $2.525/2 years, Production: 13pts/54 games, Slot: Bottom Pair
Why We Want Him
The Los Angeles Kings see something in Derek Forbort. They gave him a two-year extension at the start of the 2017-18 season. At 6’4” 215lbs he certainly fits with the LA model. But why would the Islanders want him?
Big tough defensemen are something the New York Islanders are lacking right now. Forbort brings toughness, but he also brings some good all-around defensive play. He clears pucks and bodies around the net. And he can block shots.
With the acquisition of Dion Phaneuf from Ottawa LA might be willing to part with a D that’s scheduled to significantly increase his cap hit next season.
Why We Don’t Want Him
Forbort isn’t the most….flight of foot defensemen. Sure he does all the physical stuff well. But he’s not what you would call quick on his skates.
The New York Islanders don’t need Hal Gill 2018 in their lineup. There’s a reason that “stay-at-home-defensemen” are a dying breed. The D needs to be able to take the puck up. Forbort isn’t what you would call a prime candidate in that area.
With an increase to $2.525 million due next season the Islanders would be committing a ton of money to a player that should slot in on the bottom pair. Surely the Islanders have enough large contracts for bottom tier players. Don’t they?