New York Islanders Interested in Artemi Panarin and Erik Karlsson

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OTTAWA, ON – JANUARY 9: Teammates Thomas Chabot #72 and Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators chat during a stoppage in play in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Canadian Tire Centre on January 9, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders are trying to get back in the game by trying to acquire a big name player via trade. It seems they have their sights set on Artemi Panarin and Erik Karlsson.

According to the Fourth Period, the New York Islanders have shown interest in acquiring Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson.

One is a point-per-game winger while the other is a generational defensive talent. And the New York Islanders are kicking the tires on both of them. What a time to be alive!

Of course, the New York Islanders being interested in a big name player isn’t anything new. But when was the last time that that interest could manifest itself into reality?

The Islanders have the pieces to acquire either player, and both are seemingly antsy to leave their current teams. The Islanders still aren’t a destination for players, but with the moves the Islanders have made in the offseason you have to think they’re turning heads.

Yes, they lost John Tavares, but I think everyone can tell the New York Islanders never actually had Tavares what with his desire to play with the Maple Leafs ever since he was a kid. But they added Cup-winning GM Lamoriello and Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz. That’ll turn some heads.

So what’s the latest word on either of these trade targets, how could they fit with the New York Islanders and what does their current team need that the Islanders can fill?

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