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New York Islanders Three Trade Target From St Louis Blues

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 31: Vladimir Sobotka (C) #71 of the St. Louis Blues skates back to the bench with Patrik Berglund #21, Kyle Brodziak #28 and Colton Parayko #55 during the second period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 31, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 31: Vladimir Sobotka (C) #71 of the St. Louis Blues skates back to the bench with Patrik Berglund #21, Kyle Brodziak #28 and Colton Parayko #55 during the second period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 31, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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NEWARK, NJ – DECEMBER 09: Jay Bouwmeester #19 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 9, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – DECEMBER 09: Jay Bouwmeester #19 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 9, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Jay Bouwmeester | LD

Stats: 7pts, 35 games

Ok. Yes. I know that Jay Bouwmeester missed over half the season thanks to a multitude of injuries. But for this to work in the slightest, I’m assuming the New York Islanders get a healthy Bouwmeester. One that can play 82 games in a season or close.

And yes. I’m well aware that seven points aren’t a lot. But remember that’s over a 35 game sample size. Average that over a full 82 game season and it’s still not a lot (16.4 points). But you don’t go after Jay Bouwmeester for his point totals.

You get him for the way he controls the blue line. You get him for his ability to close shooting lanes. You get him to be a solid defender.

His $5.4 million cap hit through the 2018-19 season isn’t tiny, but remember that Calvin de Haan is probably going to fetch somewhere between $4 to $5 million a year on his next deal.

At 34-years-old Jay Bouwmeester probably only has a year left in him at the top level. It’s the perfect time for the Islanders to strike.

Yes, Bouwmeester has a no-trade clause on his deal. Getting him to waive it won’t be easy. But it’s possible. And if there’s a possibility the New York Islanders need to exploit it.

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