The New York Islanders made a move by shipping defenseman Devon Toews to the Colorado Avalanche for two second-round picks.
The New York Islanders made a move today by sending RFA defenseman Devon Toews to the Colorado Avalanche for two second-round picks. The Islanders get a second-round pick in 2021 and another in 2022. Both belong to Colorado.
The Islanders had been looking to make cap space through the offseason to sign their three prime RFA
, and the now-departed Devon Toews. I guess this is a way to make cap space by not having to re-sign a player.
Good Move For Him
Devon Toews (a fourth-round pick in 2014) didn’t make his NHL debut with the Islanders until midway through the 2018-19 season when Thomas Hickey was sidelined with an injury. His strong offensive play and ability to quarterback a power play kept him in the lineup over the veteran D-man.
Toews continued his strong offensive play in 19-20, putting up 28 points for an offensively stingy Islanders team. His points may not scream “great offensive abilities”, but his underlying numbers sure do.
Moving Devon Toews was a possibility for the Islanders who needed to address their poor offense over the last two years. Moving him in a package for a top-six winger would have been ideal. Now it seems that this trade allows the Islanders to bring in an asset to move Johnny Boychuk and his $6 million cap hit through the next two seasons.
With Devon Toews gone, the Isles lose one of their puck-moving and top power-play defenseman. A mantle that will certainly return to Nick Leddy who saw his ice time and power-play time cut with the emergence of Devon Toews.
Of course, this could all change by the time the 2020-21 regular-season starts and what other moves the Islanders make by then.
For Devon Toews, he steps into a top-notch squad in the Colorado Avalanche (days after getting married) who are sure to compete for a Stanley Cup in 2020-21. It’s a good move for a player that is sure to put up a ton of points next season.