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New York Islanders: James Reimer Trade Impacts Their Sergei Bobrovsky Chances

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Goaltender James Reimer #34 of the Carolina Hurricanes takes a break during second period action against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on February 21, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. The Hurricanes defeated the Panthers 4-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Goaltender James Reimer #34 of the Carolina Hurricanes takes a break during second period action against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on February 21, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. The Hurricanes defeated the Panthers 4-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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The Florida Panthers just traded away James Reimer which might have a negative impact on the New York Islanders chances to land Sergei Bobrovsky.

Normally, a trade made by the Florida Panthers wouldn’t have a major impact on the New York Islanders. However, today’s trade involving the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers has a major impact on the Islanders and their free agency plans.

The Panthers traded away goalie James Reimer for Scott Darling and a sixth-round pick. Then, the Panthers proceeded to buyout Scott Darling. Florida now has just over 25 million in cap space and no goalie, until 12:00 pm tomorrow that is.

You would have to think that they made this trade with the logic that they will be signing Sergei Bobrovsky and potentially Artemi Panarin as well. With Alexsander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Vincent Trochek locked up for a reasonable cap number they don’t have to worry about any potential raises any time soon.

Florida was already the frontrunner for Bobrovsky and Panarin but now after this trade, they increased their odds even more. It might be wise for Lou Lamoriello and company to revert back to Robin Lehner and Anders Lee.

Yes, getting Artemi Panarin was Plan A, and if you had to take on Sergei Bobrovsky with that you do it every time. Now, what you absolutely can’t do, is lose out on the Bob and Panarin while also letting Lee and Lehner leave too. That would be an utter disaster.

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