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New York Islanders Writer Roundtable – Trade Deadline Opinions

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: The New York Islanders lineup at center ice prior to their home opener against the Buffalo Sabres at the Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: The New York Islanders lineup at center ice prior to their home opener against the Buffalo Sabres at the Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 17: Artemi Panarin #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals on April 17, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Artemi Panarin

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In a word: Yes

With the Islanders in first place in the Metropolitan Division, you have to ponder deadline day moves. I think the Islanders should be active at the deadline. To me, it makes sense.

With the Islanders in their current position, they look almost guaranteed for playoffs. Each year we always see loads of teams add to their rosters for their playoff pushes. I can’t tell for sure if Lamoriello will be silent at the deadline for sure, but I doubt he stays he put.

I fully trust in Lou with whatever deal he could pull. But there are a few potential deals that stand out to me. The Islanders could go after a big fish, namely Artemi Panarin.

Panarin has made it pretty evident that he could be on his way out. And apparently let his team know it may be wise to trade him. We all know how good Panarin is and he even put the Islanders as one of his desired locations.

However, I’m not totally convinced Columbus will pull the trigger on a Panarin deal. They are currently second in the Metropolitan Division and are making a push of their own. The Islanders could go after a rental player, and I’m looking towards Wayne Simmonds.

On the last year of his deal, it looks that Simmonds will either be signed or dealt by the deadline. Simmonds currently has 15 goals and 23 points through 48 points. Simmonds could be solid secondary scorer the Islanders could use for the playoffs.

Come February, Lamoriello has many options. For him, it’s choosing the right one and I know he will.

Next. Give Eyes on Isles Podcast Episode 75 a Listen

What we can all agree on is that Lou Lamoriello and team won’t show any tells, but there is finally a plan in place for this organization, and we’ll be waiting on the edge of our seats to find out what this piece of the plan is as the February 25th deadline approaches.

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