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New York Islanders Podcast: Jeff Skinner Effect, Defensive Trade Chips

BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 2: Jeff Skinner #53 of the Buffalo Sabres looks on during the game against the Nashville Predators at KeyBank Center on April 2, 2019 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 2: Jeff Skinner #53 of the Buffalo Sabres looks on during the game against the Nashville Predators at KeyBank Center on April 2, 2019 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders offseason plan is all about bringing in more talent to their lineup. To do so they’ll have to test free agency and the trade market. How are both looking now?

With Brock Nelson under contract, the New York Islanders have to focus on getting free agents Anders Lee and Robin Lehner signed.

With the Buffalo Sabres extending Jeff Skinner for eight years and with a $9 million cap hit, what does that mean for the Anders Lee negotiations? Lee has seemingly always wanted a seven-year deal, but the Islanders aren’t comfortable doing so.

With Skinner getting eight years, does that move the negotiations with Lee into a longer-term deal? Or does it mean the AAV on the deal has to go higher?

Matt and I talk over the prospects of what Anders Lee getting seven years, how the team and their captain can compromise and we talk about who the Islanders can target if Lee doesn’t stay.

What Else Do We Talk About?

  • Nick Leddy and Thomas Hickey are on the trade block it seems. Why are they both on the trade block? And what can the New York Islanders hope to get in return for the two blue liners?
  • Bode Wilde has recently said that he feels the number of games played in the OHL was better for his development than if he had played college where the schedule is lighter. Is one (major junior and college) better than the other?
  • We talk about good/bad behavior in our social segment. Where Raptors fans acting poorly for cheering Kevin Durant’s injury? What about TSN for complaining about Team USA celebrating every goal in a crushing 13-0 victory over Thailand at the Women’s World Cup in France?

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