The New York Islanders clearly need a forward upgrade. Would Lou Lamoriello make a trade for a rental or is he thinking someone with term?
The trade deadline is rapidly approaching and the hot stove is heating up. It's been abundantly clear that the Islanders need forward help but the question mark is if Lou Lamoriello decided to pull the trigger on a trade.
JG Pageau is a name that comes up a lot and it makes sense for the Islanders in a lot of ways. With that being said, Pierre LeBrun has a different idea for when it comes to the Islanders and the trade market.
LeBrun cites that Lamoriello may prefer a trade for a center with term. Enter Adam Henrique. Henrique is someone that Lou drafted with the Devils in the third round of the 2008 draft. Since his rookie year in 2011-2012 he's been a pretty consistent 40-50 point player.
This year through 57 games he has 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists), a pace of 45 points, on the awful Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim is 26th in the league and are in need of a rebuild after missing the playoffs last year after six straight playoff seasons without a Stanley Cup appearance.
If Anaheim is willing to blow it up, as they should, Henrique is someone who could have value for them. He would be a perfect third-line center fit for the Islanders and with four years remaining at $5.83 million he would plug that hole long-term.
My ideal package would look like this:
Henrique at $4.83 million for the next four years seems like a fit for the Islanders. Would a package like this be enough to get it done? It's hard to say but it's an option that I wouldn't be opposed to exploring, especially if the Ducks eat $1 million of salary per year.
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