New York Islanders Top 10 Best Trades in Team History

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates out to play against the Nashville Predators at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Predators defeated the Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates out to play against the Nashville Predators at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Predators defeated the Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 31: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders celebrates teammate Chris Wagner’s goal in the third period against the New Jersey Devils on March 31, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Johnny Boychuk

The New York Islanders had already acquired Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks on October 4th, 2014. But they weren’t done there. Within hours they had acquired a second defenseman, from yet another team with cap issues.

Garth Snow called up Peter Chiarelli from the Boston Bruins to get Johnny Boychuk.

Boychuk along with Nick Leddy completely turned around the Islanders blueline overnight. With the increased ice time with the Isles, Boychuk became an even better player. In year one he scored a career-high nine goals and 35 points.

More importantly, he helped the New York Islanders make the playoffs after missing out the year previously.

It can be argued that Boychuk’s contract wasn’t great. The seven-year deal carrying a $6 million AAV and run until Boychuk turns 38-years-old will haunt the Isles at some point.

But what can’t be argued was how useful Johnny Boychuk’s qualities as a physical defenseman were. He was the perfect match for Nick Leddy’s smooth skating attacking style.

Meanwhile, the Bruins got Brendan Carlo and Ryan Lindgren with the draft picks from the trade. While Carlo is a good player, he isn’t as good as Boychuk.

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