The New York Islanders trade front has been quiet for some time as can be witnessed by the sheer number of articles on this very site which have either called for a trade or mentioned that the last trade was for Matt Martin in the Cretaceous Period.
However, with the trade deadline looming just a mere two weeks around the corner, one would think that Lou would be getting some calls. The question is will he answer the phone and if he does, what will it take for him to pull the trigger to improve the Islanders?
A Pierre Lebrun rumor from earlier this week suggested that the Islanders should trade a 2nd, a conditional 3rd and Bode Wilde for a JG Pageau and Ron Hainsey rent-a-center deal. Still, more fans suggested that it was actually Kieffer Bellows and not Bode Wilde.
It’s certain the Islanders need a shot in the arm. Their win against Dallas was one of the first games in 2020 where they looked like a complete team, and still, their entries on the power play were sloppy, and they lost several cross-ice passes on turnovers for Stars breakaways.
Is Kieffer Bellows the Chosen One?
It almost seems as if the price on trade stock has just reached a level where Lamoriello is just laughing at other GMs. While Pageau and Hainsey are good players, they are not top six guys on any other team. What does it actually take to get the Senators to bite?
It seems that for now, the Islanders organization is far more inclined to see if Kieffer Bellows can be the spark that they need. And honestly, with his father’s pedigree and his successful play at Bridgeport this season, that stance may not be unfounded.
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It still would be nice to see an adequate third-line center join the team. Hey, Mr. Dorion, have you heard of this guy, Josh Ho-Sang? Beauty, eh?