Islanders and Devils NHL Trade Deadline Speculation
By Matt O'Leary
Larry Brooks of the New York Post suggests the Devils and Islanders should make a blockbuster trade in which the Isles add Blake Coleman and Kyle Palmieri.
With the trade deadline two weeks away, rumors are going to start heating up. Over the weekend, the New York Post had something featuring a trade between the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils.
In this deal, the New York Islanders would receive Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman. Palmieri, 29, has 37 points (20 goals, 17 assists) in 50 games while Blake Coleman has 31 points (21 goals, 10 assists) in 54.
The idea of adding both of those players is intriguing. The Isles have just enough cap room to make that work as currently constructed. Palmieri has this and next year at $4.65 million while Coleman has this and next year at $1.8 million. The potential lineup could look like:
Lee – Barzal – Palmieri
Beauvillier – Nelson – Bailey
Bellows – Coleman – Eberle
Martin – Cizikas – Brassard
Now that’s an intriguing lineup that I could get behind. That third line instantly gets better with Eberle moving down and Coleman added to the mix on that line as well. My only issue with this trade is the cost.
Larry Brooks has Oliver Wahlstrom and Josh Ho-Sang going the other way. If the Islanders are to move their best forward prospect, ideally it’s for someone with a higher ceiling that Blake Coleman or Kyle Palmieri.
I like the players coming to the Islanders in this deal, I just don’t feel comfortable giving up Oliver Wahlstrom in it. Instead of Wahlstrom if you made it a second-rounder this year and next with a prospect like Otto Koivula in Wahlstrom’s spot then I’m singing a different tune.
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