The New York Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers have made a trade for future considerations with the Utica Comets.
A trade has happened! Although it wasn’t for the New York Islanders, but rather their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers sent forward John Stevens to the Utica Comets (AHL affiliate for the Vancouver Canucks).
Stevens was an undrafted player who spent four years playing for Northeastern University – where he was the captain in his final year – before signing a two-year entry-level deal with the Sound Tigers in
. Since 2017, Stevens has played 117 games for the Sound Tigers, scoring 32 points.
In return for Stevens, the Sound Tigers received “future considerations”. Which effectively means nothing. A future consideration is how GM’s can acquire (or move) an asset for absolutely nothing in return.
If only “future considerations” worked like the Law of Surprise in The Witcher. In return for Stevens, the Sound Tigers would get to have something the Comets/Cancuks have but don’t know.
How about the Canucks first-round pick in 2020? Currently, it belongs to the Lightning, but if the Canucks don’t make the playoffs they get the pick back. How about that for some kind of payment?
Starved for Trades
This is actually only the second trade within the New York Islanders organization since Lou Lamoriello took over as GM in 2018.
The first was the acquisition of Matt Martin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goalie Eamon McAdams.
We’re desperate for some sort of movement on this roster. While the New York Islanders are still the fourth-best team in the NHL based on their record they still have significant flaws – like scoring goals – that can only be addressed through the trade market.
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Hopefully, John Stevens can have more success with the Utica Comets than he did for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.