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New York Islanders: Arizona Coyotes Might Be in Market for Defenseman

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 09: Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 09: Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders have a number of NHL ready defensemen. With Niklas Hjalmarsson missing for the next few months the Arizona Coyotes could be looking for a new D-man.

The New York Islanders have a number of NHL ready defensemen. They have so many that Thomas Hickey is currently playing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL.

With an injury to 32-year-old defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, the Arizona Coyotes could use a right-shooting defenseman for their roster. After cracking his fibula blocking a shot Hjalmarsson is out for at least three months.

The Islanders have four right-handed blue lines on the active roster at the moment, maybe they can work something out with the Coyotes.

Fitting the Gap

Hjalmarsson is a blueliner that will play on average of 15 to 20 minutes a night. A player like Scott Mayfield can easily fill that gap for the Coyotes.

The big blueliner has been alright for the Islanders to date. Playing on the second pair with fellow Bridgeport Sound Tigers graduate Devon Toews, Mayfield has a point and nine shots on net to date.

And if the Coyotes aren’t looking for a righty, the Islanders have a few lefties available. Thomas Hickey and Sebastian Aho are both NHL ready but are stuck int he AHL.

The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun doesn’t think that GM John Chayka will make a move just yet. Which makes sense. Hjalmarsson’s injury only has him out for three months.

Chayka might wait to see how 25-year-old undrafted Ilya Lyubushkin does in Hjalmarsson’s spot for the time being. If that doesn’t work, then Chayka could get on the phone to see if he can find a defenseman to put in Hjalmarsson’s spot.

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When Chayka is ready to talk, whether that’s now or in a few month’s time, the New York Islanders remain a good option for the Coyotes to find a team with a surplus of NHL ready defensemen.

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