Chris Wagner | RW
One point, 26-years-old
The New York Islanders worst player this season was Jason Chimera. And he was traded for Chris Wagner straight up. A 1-for-1 swap. Immediately the Islanders became on average younger with the then 38-year-old Chimera being replaced a by a player 12 years his junior. Twelve years his junior.
And Chris Wagner was worse than Chimera. At the trade deadline, Wagner replaced the worst Islander from 2017-18 on the team and in the worst standings.
When Garth added Chris Wagner and Brandon Davidson at the trade deadline he let all Islanders fans know: “I have faith in this group to make the playoffs”. They didn’t. They actually missed the postseason by 17 points.
Wagner added nothing to the team. He scores a goal at least. But that was it in terms of production. He was brought in with some good fourth line and penalty killing pedigree. Ross Johnston usurped him on the fourth line. And the Islanders PK struggled for the remainder of the season. So his contributions were null and void.
Keeping him around doesn’t make any sense. He’s an RFA so I imagine Garth might give him a qualifying offer to keep him around as a scratch pad player. But again, I prefer Alan Quine and Tanner Fritz for that role. Wagner is older and is just as skilled as the two players I just named. So why keep him? Unless Garth can package him in some sort of trade with another team for a big defender or goaltender.