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New York Islanders Trades That Built 2018-19 Roster

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: (l-r) Mathew Barzal #13, Anthony Beauvillier #72, Jordan Eberle #7 and Dennis Seidenberg #4 of the New York Islanders celebrate a first period goal by Beauvillier at the Barclays Center on March 30, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: (l-r) Mathew Barzal #13, Anthony Beauvillier #72, Jordan Eberle #7 and Dennis Seidenberg #4 of the New York Islanders celebrate a first period goal by Beauvillier at the Barclays Center on March 30, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NY – MARCH 10: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders looks on after losing to the New York Rangers 2-1 during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 10, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Matt Martin

Matt Martin is back with the New York Islanders. To date, he’s the only player that new GM Lou Lamoriello has traded for. Lou brought Martin to the Island with him by sending goaltender Eamon McAdam to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Great, Matt Martin is back with the New York Islanders.  A reunion of the best fourth line in hockey from two years ago can now take place. Fantastic.

But was that necessary? During free agency, the Islanders also brought in Leo Komarov, Valtteri Filppula, and Tom Kuhnhackl. All can fit on the fourth line. And then there’s the fact that the Isles already had Ross Johnston on the roster who had just signed a four year $4 million deal.

Ross Johnston is Matt Martin light. Johnston provides the same type of game as Matt Martin, he just doesn’t have the same chemistry within the room.

Bringing Matt Martin back was and still is great. And if he can reignite Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas then the move is fantastic. But for now, the trade still seems questionable. Matt Martin might not even be the starting left-wing on the fourth line come opening night.

Rating: 2.5/5

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