What are they willing to give up?
Any of the Islanders draft picks are fair game. There’s no reason for Lou Lamoriello to hold onto any draft picks if the right player comes along. There’s just no reason.
It made sense back in 2018 to hold onto draft picks. Lou didn’t know what he had on the roster at that point. But with almost two years at the helm, he should know what he has and what he’s missing.
The Islanders are in “win-now” mode and could be a real contender if they can bring in the right talent. Building for the future has to take a back seat for now.
Who are the Islanders not willing to give up is the better way to look at this.
With Bellows, Otto Koivula, Bode Wilde, and Ruslan Iskhakov the Islanders have a number of prospects that other teams could use to build towards the future.
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Josh Bailey doesn’t have any trade protection. If the Isles need to even out a transaction on the cap front, Josh Bailey could very well go.
He’s a versatile pro who’s been in the league since 2008. On a young team, Josh Bailey could be a big asset. It