There are a number of star players available on the trade market who would be welcome additions to the New York Islanders.
Defying pre-season expectations, the New York Islanders sit in a playoff spot. With a roster that isn’t loaded with talent, you can see why the expectations for 2018-19 were so low. Sitting with just under $10 million in cap space, the Islanders have space and desire to add a big name player to the roster.
Adding star power to a team that’s already playing good fundamental hockey, like the Islanders, can help push them even higher. Lou Lamoriello recognizes that.
He’s gone out and brought in stars to his team in the past. The Ilya Kovalchuk deal is perhaps the best recent example of the Islanders new President and GM going out and landing a big-name star player to complete his roster.
Say what you will about what eventually happened with Kovalchuk and the NHL, but the Russian winger was still almost a point-per-game player in New Jersey with 201 points in 222 games played. He brought to level-talent to the Devils between 2009 and 2013.
With the financial space to add a big name player, as well as a roster spot opening up with Jordan Eberle all but out Lou Lamoriello has everything he needs to deal for a big name player. Here are a few players that likely available in the trade market.