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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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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 23: Brandon Montour
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 23: Brandon Montour

Brandon Montour | Anaheim Ducks

Contract: $925,000/1 year, Production: 22pts/56 games, Slot: Second Pair
Why We Want Him
From the Anaheim Ducks, we have the Islanders going after Brandon Montour. There’s plenty of reasons why adding a guy like Montour would be a good thing for this team. One of the biggest positives with Montour is his age.

At 23-years old he is the kind of player who you trade for and expect to have around for a long time. This is just his first full year in the league and Montour is already impressing.

Through 54 games this year he’s got 22 points (6 goals, 16 assists) and he’s a plus 13 on the season. Right now he slots in on the Ducks third pair, but with the Islanders, you could easily plug his right-handed shot on the second pair.

Why We Don’t Want Him

The asking price for Montour is going to be astronomical. He’s an RFA at the end of the year and making very little money this year. In order to pry him away from the Ducks, the Islanders would have to give up a ton.

The Ducks have Hampus Lindholm, and Cam Fowler locked up long-term but other than that Kevin Bieksa and Francois Beauchemin are going to be UFA’s at the end of the year. You would think they’d want to keep Montour to build around.

As a player it’s hard to find many flaws in his game, you’d want him on your team. The most prominent con is going to be what it takes to acquire him.

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