There are a ton of trade rumors around the NHL, here are a few of the biggest over the last week and how they impact the New York Islanders.
With the season now over for the New York Islanders, it means that the conversation has shifted from the now in 2018-19 to the future in 2019-20. And specifically, how the Islanders can take a step forward from their surprise 103 point season.
They clearly need to add more quality to the lineup. In the second round of the playoffs, the Islanders were the better team for just over half of the four games, yet lost every single match. They just didn’t have enough top-tier talent to push on to the conference finals.
Lou Lamoriello is going to have to take the summer to address that.
There are two ways he can do can acquire that top-tier talent. He can buy it through free agency as of July 1. Or he can trade for it at any point.
I want to focus on trades. Lou has talent in the roster and in the system. He can package a number of pieces together to bring in a top-tier player.
So every week I’ll look for the biggest trade rumors out there and see how they can fit for the New York Islanders.
I’ll consider if the Islanders have any desire to add the player. What the possibility of a trade with the Islanders might be, how much it might cost to make that trade, and what the Islanders might have to offer up to possibly make a trade.