The New York Islanders find themselves in a unique situation after losing their captain Anders Lee. Lee went to LTIR after an injury suffered against the New Jersey Devils which most likely means that he’s done for at minimum the regular season.
Moving Lee to LTIR gives the Islanders $5.54 million in cap space to play with if they so choose to do so. Sure, with the emergence of Kieffer Bellows the last few nights, maybe the Isles don’t feel the need to trade for a winger.
Keeping that space open allows for an easier return for Anders Lee if and when he’s ready to come back. One of the issues, nobody outside of the Islanders knows how bad the injury is for Lee and what the timetable is.
All we know is that he’ll miss “some time” and is on LTIR. That can mean anything! Let’s for the sake of this article assume that Lee is done for the year, the Isles would probably like to get a winger in here to at least help with the load.
Let’s take a look at three players the Islanders could try to target via trade: