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New York Islanders Three Trade Deadline Darkhorse Targets

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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ANAHEIM, CA – JANUARY 09: Ryan Dzingel #18 of the Ottawa Senators shoots the puck as Cam Fowler #4 of the Anaheim Ducks defends in the overtime period of a game at Honda Center on January 9, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – JANUARY 09: Ryan Dzingel #18 of the Ottawa Senators shoots the puck as Cam Fowler #4 of the Anaheim Ducks defends in the overtime period of a game at Honda Center on January 9, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Ryan Dzingel | Ottawa Senators

GP: 48 Points: 38
Cap Hit: $1.8 million, 1 Year

We’ve heard it all season, the New York Islanders need a goal scorer. Someone who can return 20-30 goals in a season. May I present to you Ryan Dzingel and his sub-$2 million contract.

Through 48 games Dzingel has 38 points and 20 goals for the Ottawa Senators.

Dzingel is a fast skater who could keep up with the demands of playing alongside the equally speedy Mathew Barzal. Something that the New York Islanders just don’t currently have. Neither Bailey or Beauvillier aren’t what you would call “fast skaters”.

He won’t cost an arm and a leg like two of his teammates might at the deadline. With Ottawa’s current predicament of not having a first-round pick, they’ll likely want the Islanders first in return for Dzingel. That alone should be enough to secure him from the Senators.

With the depth of the Islanders farm system losing what would be a late pick in the first round should be an acceptable loss for the New York Islanders as they look to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and to add quality to their top six for a few more years.

The issue with Dzingel is his pending UFA status at the end of his expiring deal. If the Islanders can acquire him they’ll want to get some sort of guarantee that he’ll sign an extension as well. Forking over a first-round pick to see the player leave just a few months later isn’t good business.

But with the cap space and trajectory, the Islanders are taking, getting Dzingel to sign an extension might not be so difficult.

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