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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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Trevor van Riemsdyk | Carolina Hurricanes

Contract: $825,500/1 year, Production: 9pts/54 games, Slot: Second Pair
Why We Want Him
The Carolina Hurricanes are using Trevor van Riemsdyk as a third pairing defenseman. van Riemsdyk, Klas Dahlbeck, and Noah Hanifin are all RFA’s at the end of the year.

It seems like it’d make sense for the Hurricanes to build around two of the three of those young guys. Since Dahlbeck and Nanifin are both younger and have more of an upside van Riemsdyk seems expendable.

In 52 games van Riemsdyk has nine points (1 goal, eight assists). He’s also a very good possession d-man. He’s got a 55.4 CF% and a 1.9 CF% rel.

Why We Don’t Want Him
van Riemsdyk would be an upgrade for what the Isles are currently running out there. He probably wouldn’t cost that much all things considered but is he really going to be enough to get them over the hump?

The problem is Garth Snow just locked up Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield to long-term deals. Both serve as third pairing defenseman which is realistically where van Riemsdyk fits best.

I like that he’s young, cheap and already a Stanley Cup winner but I’m not sure his impact would be enough for the Islanders.

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