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New York Islanders Three Trade Targets from Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper #35 of the Arizona Coyotes during a break from the second period of the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Gila River Arena on February 25, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper #35 of the Arizona Coyotes during a break from the second period of the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Gila River Arena on February 25, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Darcy Kuemper

Production: .920SV% 2.52GAA (29GP)

The New York Islanders need a starter for the 2018-19 season. After years playing to the whims of Garth Snow, Jaroslav Halak is likely gone in free agency. Leaving Thomas Griess, Christopher Gibson and a new to North America Linus Soderstrom.

With no obvious starter available in the open market, the Islanders are going to have to think outside of the box to find said stater.

Maybe they turn immediately to Swedish Linus Soderstrom. But I have a feeling the Islanders are going to want to bring someone in that already has NHL experience under their belts. And Darcy Kuemper is someone worth looking at.

With a 2.52 GAA and .920SV% this season, his baseline stats are miles better than either Halak or Greiss’ were this season. Both had a save percentage below .910. Greiss was .892. And both had a goals-against average that was above three; again, Greiss’ was the worst at 3.82.

If Kuemper is moved for the second time in six months is going to depend on how much the New York Islanders are willing to give up. The Coyotes need anything of quality, even Brock Nelson might be a good addition to the Coyotes roster.

Think of it. Brock’s a perennial 20 goal scorer and loves the sun. Jokes aside, I think Brock Nelson could use a change of scenery. The former first-round pick by the Islanders could be better than what he’s currently producing based on the skills he has, a new environment could do him some good.

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