There’s a rumor that Patrik Laine wants out of Winnipeg. Even though he’d be a fit, there’s no way the New York Islanders pony up on a trade like that.
June is an interesting time for rumors to begin circulating. There’s one around Twitter right now that Patrik Laine isn’t happy in Winnipeg and that he wants to be traded. If this is true, the New York Islanders would make sense as a suitor, but they would never do it.
Laine since being drafted second overall in 2016 has been a certified stud. He has 110 goals over three years including a 40 goal season in his back pocket already at just 21-years-old. His best hockey should be in front of him.
Now, the Islanders desperately need a scoring winger but there’s just no way they would give up the pieces necessary to get Laine. You’d have to part ways with picks and prospects likely including Noah Dobson.
Lou Lamoriello just said a few days ago that he believes Dobson can push for a roster spot this year, he likes the kid a lot. Wasn’t it obvious when he wasn’t used in a package for someone like Mark Stone back in February?
The reason why the Isles didn’t get better at the deadline last year was because Lou wasn’t willing to part ways with some of the bigger prospects. I don’t expect that to change now, Lou doesn’t seem like the kind to abort a plan and put all his chips to the table.
I’m not saying that Laine isn’t good, or that he wouldn’t help the Islanders (he would). There’s just no way that Lamoriello ponies up and moves a prospect like Noah Dobson for him.
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