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:
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.