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Islanders: Three Reasons Ryan Johansen Trade Rumor Doesn’t Work

DENVER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 07: Ryan Johansen #92 of the Nashville Predators looks for an opening against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period at the Pepsi Center on November 07, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 07: Ryan Johansen #92 of the Nashville Predators looks for an opening against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period at the Pepsi Center on November 07, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Doesn’t Fit Lou’s Profile

Since becoming team President and then General Manager, Lou Lamoriello has made exactly one trade. It was sending Eamon McAdams to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Matt Martin.

At the trade deadline last season, the Islanders were apparently in on then-Ottawa Senators Mark Stone.

In the free agency window, Lou has either gone for broke to get a big-time player like Artemi Panarin or has complemented what he has by bringing in sensible bottom tier players.

Lou’s looking to bring in one of two things. Either it’s a big-name player like Mark Stone or Artemi Panarin. Or he’s bringing in players that fit nicely on the margins of the team. Ryan Johansen is neither of those things. Sure, he has a recognizable name, but he’s not on the same level as Stone or Panarin.

Combine that with the two other factors and it’s hard to see Lou Lamoriello making this trade. He’d be taking on a player who’s about as good as the players he’d be giving up, who is also owed a ton of money.

There’s just no way it’s happening. Not like this at least. If anything, Nashville is going to have to give a lot more in order to make the two roster players plus a prospect/pick deal work.

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If Lou is going shopping it’s going to be for a star player that’s looking for a new home or for someone to anchor the Islanders third line. That’s if he’s even getting on the phone. Again, he’s made one trade since getting here in May of 2018.

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