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Islanders: Some Final Trade Deadline Thoughts

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers during the first period at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 25, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers during the first period at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 25, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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CALGARY, AB – MARCH 2: Jason Zucker #16 of the Minnesota Wild in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 2, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Will the Trade Deadline Moves be Enough?

That is the golden question. All of the Islanders Eastern Conference playoff competitors also added pieces at the trade deadline. It is hard to say how this shifts the balance of power in the conference.

Just in the Metropolitan division teams stockpiled for the stretch. Here are some of the big-name additions around the Metro:

Pittsburgh Penguins: Jason Zucker, Conor Sheary, Patrick Marleau
Washington Capitals: Ilya Kovalchuk
Carolina Hurricanes: Vincent Trocheck, Sami Vatanen, Brady Skjei
Philadelphia Flyers: Derek Grant

Technically, even the New York Rangers made a move by re-signing Chris Kreider instead of trading him as everyone expected.

Are Pageau and Greene enough to leapfrog the Isles past a Hurricanes team that added Vincent Trocheck, Sami Vatanen and Brady Skjei? How about a Pittsburgh Penguins team that added Patrick Marleau, Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues?

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Ultimately, these teams’ success will be dependent on how well the new players mesh with their teams and how well the existing players continue to perform. But if Pageau’s performance yesterday was any indication, the Isles just might have some success to look forward to.

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