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New York Islanders Positive and Negative of 2018 NHL Trade Deadline

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The dust has settled on the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline, and the New York Islanders may or may not have gotten better. Was what Garth Snow did today good or bad? Expert Matt O’Leary and Mitch Anderson break it down.

The New York Islanders made two moves at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline. GM Garth Snow brought in defender Brandon Davidson and forward Chris Wagner. To do so Snow gave up a third-round pick and Jason Chimera respectively.

Yeah, Jason Chimera is gone. I think just that, moving Jason Chimera, in-and-of-itself means the Islanders win the deadline. I’ll get to why later, but it’s hard to think keeping Chimera was a good thing for the Islanders if they have hopes of making the playoffs.

Garth didn’t move either of his two first round picks in 2018 to get top tier help on the blue line. Something the New York Islanders could have desperately used going into a run to the playoffs.

He didn’t get any of the big name defenders that were rumored to be on the trade block. Ryan McDonagh went to Tampa Bay, Mike Green, Jack Johnson and Erik Karlsson all stayed in their respective markets for the time being.

Are the two players he did add going to bring enough to this team to push them into the post-season? Or were these just standard risk-averse Garth Snow trade deadline moves?

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