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New York Islanders Defensive Trade Target For Every NHL Team

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: The Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal by Trevor Daley #83 at 10:03 of the third period against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: The Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal by Trevor Daley #83 at 10:03 of the third period against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 08: Ben Lovejoy
NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 08: Ben Lovejoy

Ben Lovejoy | New Jersey Devils

Contract: $2.6 million/2 years, Production: 6 pts/35 games, Slot: Second Pair
Why We Want Him

Turns out Ben Lovejoy wasn’t totally washed up as we thought. It’s not to say that he’s a great defender, but he and the New Jersey Devils have certaily proved they’re more than meets the eye this season.

His production is low, sure, but then again the New York Islanders don’t necessarily need more production. They get enough production from their forwards. Lovejoy would bring about some much needed stability to the Islanders defensive core.

That is, assuming the Devils are willing to trade to a divisional rival of course.

Why We Don’t Want Him

Again, its not like Lovejoy is great or anything. He’s good for the Devils. But that doens’t mean he could or would be good with the Islanders. The Devils success seems to derive from the sum of their parts just coming together. Take one or two of those parts out and they likely don’t perform the same.

Unless their name is Taylor Hall.

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