New York Islanders Positive and Negative of 2018 NHL Trade Deadline
Negative of the Trade Deadline – Matt O’Leary
The New York Islanders didn’t do nearly enough at the trade deadline. Sure they acquired Chris Wagner for Jason Chimera which could be classified as an improvement but that’s nothing to go nuts over.
The issue here is the only two moves Garth Snow made give the Islanders minimal impact. This by no means outs them in a better spot to make the playoffs.
Also, we saw that this was a seller’s market. The Islanders could have moved Brock Nelson and got assets in return but instead decided against it.
It doesn’t help that other teams in the Metro went above and beyond to improve their team.
Columbus has landed Thomas Vanek, Mark Letestu, and Ian Cole. They’re two points ahead of the Islanders, and they were super active at the deadline.
New Jersey also improved by adding Pat Maroon. They gave up a third-round pick to acquire a guy who has 30 points!
Then finally, the Rangers sold to Ryan McDonagh, and J.T. Miller in a blockbuster trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning getting Vladislav Namestnikov, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden a 2018 1st Round Pick.
and a Conditional 2nd Round Pick. So not only did the Islanders not do nearly enough, every other team around them either got better or improved for the future.
The Rangers have been rebuilding for two weeks and have done a better job than Garth Snow has over the past 12 years.
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Today was exactly what we feared would happen from Garth Snow and the Islanders. They were neither buyers or sellers. The dance with mediocrity continues as everyone around them makes positive strides for the future of their franchise.