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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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ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 16: Carl Gunnarsson
ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 16: Carl Gunnarsson

Carl Gunnarsson | St. Louis Blues

Contract: $3.27 million/3 years, Production: 8pts/56 games, Slot: Bottom Pair
Why We Want Him

Carl Gunnarsson is a guy who has been around the league for a while. Nine years to be exact, and would provide a nice veteran presence to the Islanders blue line.

So far this year he has eight points (five goals, three assists) to his name. He’s also a plus 14 on the season if you like the plus/minus stat.

He would come at a relatively cheap cost for Garth Snow compared to some of the other names on this list.

Why We Don’tWant Him
The Blues don’t have much depth at the defense position, but Gunnarsson is the most likely candidate to be moved. Of course, we would’ve loved someone like Joel Edmundson, but he’s on LTIR now after breaking his arm.

Gunnarsson isn’t your prototypical top-six defenseman which leaves some cause for concern.

He might not play a big enough role to drastically change the Isles season trajectory. Anything would help because the Isles are so desperate but acquiring Gunnarsson would be nothing to throw a parade over.

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