Wait isn’t Jordan Martinook on the Coyotes? Not anymore, he was acquired by the Hurricanes on May 3 in exchange for Marcus Kruger. Martinook is a fourth-line forward so it’s not an “essential” piece to the Canes future, especially because he’s got one year left on his deal, so he’s definitely included in this list of potential grabs.
At just $1.8 million for next year, Martinook is a cost-effective option for the Islanders fourth line. They’re paying Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas north of $3 million a year so why not try to improve the unit with a cheaper option.
Ever since Matt Martin left, the Isles fourth line hasn’t been the same. Martinook might be the spark that unit needs, while also providing a bit of a scoring upside.
The 25-year-old had just 15 points (six goals, nine assists) last year, but had 25 and 24 points the previous two seasons in Arizona.
The Isles bottom six is certainly lacking and Jordan Martinook is a good depth guy for that role. He’s not a flashy name but he would be a welcomed addition to the team for the formerly most expensive fourth line in hockey.