If you’re the New York Islanders and you need to gain a top-four defender, a goalie, and maybe some depth defending, the Arizona Coyotes could make an interesting trade partner.
If you’re the New York Islanders, why not trade with the Arizona Coyotes? They could use just about anything the Isles could give them, and the Islanders could get a piece they’ve needed for some time.
It’s true, the Arizona Coyotes have been bad. Like really bad. For a long time. They haven’t made the playoffs in the last six years, and haven’t finished higher than tenth in the western conference in the last four seasons.
And there’s no end in sight.
But still, the Coyotes have a few good players that are worth targetting. Players that the New York Islanders could use to fill in their roster to hopefully be competitive in 2018-19.
Remember, the Islanders don’t need much. Their forward line is basically set in stone. Outside of the third line every other forward position is locked. And they have a top pairing of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk that shouldn’t change.
What the New York Islanders need to do is find complimentary pieces to go around that. They need a top-four defender, someone that could take a few minutes off of Leddy. They need a starting NHL caliber goaltender.
The Islanders could find everything that they need to complete the roster in Arizona. Here’s who they should be looking at.