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Islanders: 3 Trades To Use Anders Lee’s LTIR Space

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Taylor Hall #4 of the Buffalo Sabres skates on the ice in the first period against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on January 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Taylor Hall #4 of the Buffalo Sabres skates on the ice in the first period against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on January 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 26: Rickard Rakell #67 of the Anaheim Ducks during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 26, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ducks defeated the Coyotes 1-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rickard Rakell

Rickard Rakell is an interesting one because unlike the other two, he isn’t a rental. He has another year at a reasonable $3.79 million after this one but he’s been productive. He has 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) in 29 games which is a pace of 54 points over a full season.

He’s still just 27 years old and has scored 30+ goals twice in his career so far out in Anaheim.

Rakell is not the same player Hall is but with an extra year on his deal I’d imagine it would cost around the same. Ideally, he can go to the third line to stabilize that line with JG Pageau and Oliver Wahlstrom when Lee returns. He’s a righty but can play on either wing, or you can bump Bailey down a line too if need be.

Lineup:

Bellows – Barzal – Eberle

Beauvillier – Nelson – Rakell

Bailey – Pageau – Wahlstrom

Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck

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Again, this is dependent on Anders Lee and if he’d be able to come back at all this year. If he’s not able to come back, then it could be wise for the Islanders to pivot.

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