The New York Islanders have two glaring needs going into the offseason. They need a top-level defender or two and a starting goalie. But to get, you got to give.
New York Islanders management is potentially on the hot seat after back-to-back years missing the NHL playoffs. Or at least that’s what we think. Owner John Ledecky wanted to make it clear that everyone will be evaluated, but what does he need to make an evaluation that he doesn’t already know?
The evidence of an amateurish management group is clear. The man at the helm, Garth Snow, has been on the job for 12 years and his team just missed the playoffs by 17 points. That’s what 12 years of building gave him.
Never-the-less let’s assume that management is finally on its last leg. That means they have to look at making moves to improve the team now, today. Not in a few years with draft picks, but with players that can have an immediate and big impact.
Players like that aren’t just sitting around waiting for phone calls. They’re already on teams and those teams aren’t ready or willing to let an asset go for cheap.
So what do the New York Islanders have to give in order to attract some of the players that they need to be targeting this summer?
What players, prospects or even picks can the New York Islanders toss into a package to bring in the pieces that they need in order to compete for the playoffs and dare I say Stanley Cup in the 2018-19 NHL season?