Islanders: Five questions that need answering after the all-star break
By Salvatore Marinello
5. Will Lou Lamoriello make a move to improve the team?
It is the question on all Islander fan’s minds. And the one that can have the biggest impact on answering most of the questions facing the Islanders as we exit the break. Will Lou Lamoriello make a trade to improve this team? Or will Stand Pat be joining us again?
This is debated ad nauseam on every social media site that follows the Isles. The team needs to improve scoring, so will Lou make a trade for a top-six forward and trade one of the Islanders few good prospects for a rental player for the final 33 games? Or, does Lou bring in a solid offensive player with scoring and defensive skills for a mid-round draft pick? Will that type of player even make a difference for the team at this point?
There is even chatter about getting another defensive player now that they have lost Pelech for the season. There is no impact player in Bridgeport that the Isles can bring up that this team needs, or they would have already done so. And no, Josh Ho-Sang is not the impact player they need!
We all know Lou will not show his cards and only he knows what he is going to do. For those that worry about the “chemistry” of this team being disrupted by a trade, I do not buy that. This team is struggling for offense and has started to struggle on defense. This team is due for a trade and a shake up.
For me, there are only a few untouchable players: Barzal, Nelson, Lee, Pelech, and Pulock. Everyone else is fair game and if Lou made a surprise trade for a true top-six scoring forward I would be all right with anyone but the untouchables departing.
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What I think will happen is that Lou will trade for a quality two-way player that provides a little shake-up to the room and uses this summer to make significant roster changes.
The Islanders have some serious questions when the season resumes, what we do know is that it will be a tight points race the rest of the way.