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Islanders: Four players that could be on the trade block

Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello of the New Your Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello of the New Your Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Andrew Ladd | Forward

Cap hit: $5.5 million (3 years)
Production (2019-20): 4GP 1G 1 Pts/34GP* 11G 14Pts

Why Ladd is on the trade block:

Lou Lamoriello has been trying to off-load Andrew Ladd and his monstrous contract for a while now. At the trade deadline, we heard that Lou had been in talks with the Minnesota Wild on a deal involving Ladd since last summer (subscription required).

There’s no reason Lou is going to stop trying to shop Ladd now. His cap hit is still $5.5 million and stretches out over the next three seasons.

Finding a buyer isn’t going to be easy. And even if the Islanders find a team willing to take him the Isles will have to give up something in return.

In the deal involving Ladd going to Minnesota, the required compensation from the Isles to the Wild was apparently Kieffer Bellows and a first-round pick. Of course, the Isles were also getting Zach Parise back. That deal fell through when the Isles sent their first to Ottawa for Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

What can Isles expect in return:

Nothing. Again, the Islanders were going to have to give something up to move Andrew Ladd’s contract off the books.

Not only should the Islanders expect nothing in return, but it’s going to cost them something to convince a team to take Ladd’s deal.

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