Who’s out there on the trade block in the NHL, and could they be of any interest to the New York Islanders. Here’s two names that were added to the shop window this week.
The New York Islanders are a good team. With an 18-6-2 record, they’re the fourth-best team in the NHL with 38 points (at the time of writing). They’re a good team, but they aren’t a great team.
They still have a few gaps to fill. They could still add a sniper to their lineup. By that, I mean a player with a strong and accurate shot that can bag 20-30 without having to be a foot in front of the goalie.
Maybe Eberle turns into that guy now that he’s bagged a few goals?
They could also use help on the third line. With Derick Brassard moved to the wing all but permanently, the third line center role has gone to Leo Komarov. Supporting Uncle Leo on the wing has been Michael Dal Colle and one of Josh Bailey or Jordan Eberle.
The strength of the Islanders in 2018-19 was rolling out four lines with near equal ice time. They haven’t been doing that recently. Komarov and Dal Colle get well under ten minutes on most nights. When Otto Koivula was centering the third line he was getting less than five minutes of ice time.
Luckily, there are some players that are on the trade block that could fit on the Isles third line.