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Islanders: Three Non-rental Trade Options

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 05: Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings battles Tomas Tatar #90 and Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens for a loose puck during the first period of a game at Staples Center on March 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 05: Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings battles Tomas Tatar #90 and Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens for a loose puck during the first period of a game at Staples Center on March 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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MONTREAL, QC – JANUARY 13: Tomas Tatar #90 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the warm-up against the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre on January 13, 2020 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames 2-0. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC – JANUARY 13: Tomas Tatar #90 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the warm-up against the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre on January 13, 2020 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames 2-0. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Tomáš Tatar, LW & RW, Montreal Canadiens

Currently sitting six points behind the Carolina Hurricanes who hold the second wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, the Montreal Canadiens don’t seem likely to make the playoffs this year. It doesn’t help their case that every team they need to jump has at least two games in hand.

Because of this, the Habs will most likely be sellers this deadline and one name that comes to mind is Tomáš Tatar.

Tatar, 29, has constantly been scoring between 20 and 30 goals during his nine-year NHL career. Through 57 games this season, Tatar has scored 20 goals and 51 points and has an even +/-.

Not only would Tatar help the Islanders 5-on-5 play, but he would also help their powerplay, as he’s scored seven powerplay goals this season.

Tatar comes with a $4.8 million cap hit for the rest of this year and next year. His cap hit would be $5.3 million, but the Vegas Golden Knights retained $500,000 of his cap hit when they traded him to Montreal in the 2018 off-season.

Having to re-sign players such as Max Domi, the Habs may be willing to part ways with Tatar. Due to the year and a half left on his deal, the price for him will probably be higher. This trade would probably include the Islanders’ first-round pick, a second-round pick, and defenseman prospect such as Bode Wilde as the Habs are in the bottom half of the league in goals against.

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