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New York Islanders Three Early Possible Trade Partners

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders prior to the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders prior to the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 10: Tyler Toffoli #73 of the Los Angeles Kings avoids the check of Brayden Point #21 of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena on February 10, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 10: Tyler Toffoli #73 of the Los Angeles Kings avoids the check of Brayden Point #21 of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena on February 10, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings sit at the very bottom of the Western Conference. With 17 points through 23 games, they’re eight points out of third in the Pacific Division.

They fired their coach a few weeks ago and it hasn’t made much of a difference. Since firing John Stevens and bringing in former Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins the Kings are 4-6-0 with a -6 goal differential.

They may not be ready to toss in the towel just yet, but they might want to shake things up.

With Jonathan Quick returning from injury the Kings will get a boost, but they still have to make up an eight-point difference and leapfrog eight teams to make the playoffs.

Again, it’s not impossible but it’s one heck of a hole to try and climb out of. A trade could turn things around and help them get their season back on track.

Target:

Tyler Toffoli (RW/LW)

The 26-year-old is having a regular-ish year. With 12 points in 23 games, he’s on pace for 43 points. He scored 47 last season. But when you look at who the Kings have that are tradable and who the Islanders might be interested in the former Ottawa 67’s player is a clear target.

Toffoli can play on both wings but is a right-handed shot. That’s a clear weakness for the Islanders who only have Jordan Eberle as a viable right-wing player to plug in their top six.

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