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New York Islanders Alex Galchenyuk Trade Rumors

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 20: Alex Galchenyuk #17 of the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at Gila River Arena on December 20, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 20: Alex Galchenyuk #17 of the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at Gila River Arena on December 20, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to a former scout, the New York Islanders are kicking the tires on Alex Galchenyuk. He would be an intriguing trade target.

It’s NHL Draft weekend, which means trades usually begin to heat up and rumors begin to swirl. Yesterday, the rumor on Isles Twitter was the New York Islanders expressing interest in Alex Galchenyuk.

Galchneyuk can play center and on the left side, and is coming off a 41 point (19 goals, 22 assists) season in 72 games. He’s eclipsed 50 points in a season twice in his career and is a former 30 goal scorer.

At just 25 years old with one more year remaining at $4.9 million it’s hard not to find Galcenyuk intriguing. Even though he plays center, it would make more sense to use him on the left side on the second line.

A top-six of Lee – Barzal – Eberle, Galchenyuk – Nelson – Bailey has some potential. Also, consider how effective Galchenyuk is on the power play. He had 21 points on the power play this past year, and can hopefully impact the Islanders otherwise nonexistent power play.

It wouldn’t take a ton to trade for him and it could be an outside the box fix for the Islanders. There’s no guarantee of this happening, but if it does I think it would be an effective fix for the Islanders top-six.

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