With two very distinct needs going into the 2018-19 season, the New York Islanders can look to the St Louis Blue for some practical options.
The St Louis Blues have a few big name players on their roster, but the New York Islanders don’t need to look at any of them. It’s not to say that they couldn’t use a Vladimir Tarasenko, but there are some more practical names on their roster that should be looked at by the Islanders.
Going into the 2018-19 season the New York Islanders need someone to stop shots. Even if Jaroslav Halak was to stay with the Islanders, they’d still need a goalie.
Last season Halak and Thomas Greiss put up some of the worst numbers in the league. Thankfully for Thomas Greiss, he still has two years on a $10 million extension he signed in January 2017. Halak doesn’t have the same luck with his contract expiring at the end of the 2017-18 season.
So they need a shot-stopper. What else? It’s not a scoring winger. But a top-four defender.
The St Louis Blues can address both of those needs. And it might not cost the New York Islanders much to fill both needs with one stop.
The Islanders have the youth and the picks to give the St Louis Blues something that they could use as they look to retool and stay relevant in a challenging Central Division.
Here are three options for the Isles. One goalie and two defenders that should be good at the whole “not allowing the other team to score” thing that wins hockey games.