Islanders: Barry Trotz Shares Trade Deadline Thoughts
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders need forward help! It’s obvious that Leo Komarov up on line one isn’t a plan that the Isles can survive with through the remainder of the 2021 season, especially with championship aspirations.
Islanders fans have been playing armchair GM for weeks trying to think of the best options to improve the top-six. Essentially, ever since they lost Anders Lee for the season that’s been the plan. The hope is that like last year, Lou Lamoriello will be active again.
With the trade deadline just 10 days away, Barry Trotz was asked what he thought about the rapidly approaching deadline.
Okay, talk about stress. If that’s the case then that means the Isles will essentially be playing four more games before the possibility of adding another player. They play Washington, Philadelphia, and the New York Rangers over that stretch of games.
If you remember from last year, the Islanders acquired JG Pageau on deadline day, but it was earlier before the afternoon deadline. I think with the division format they’re in now, more teams feel like they’re still in it so they may not be willing to move off key guys.
Some names to keep an eye on in the coming week: Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall, Nick Foligno, and Rickard Rakell are all players that can be on Lou Lamoriello’s radar. I don’t expect the Isles to be active in the defense market but fully expect some aggressiveness in adding a rental forward, with Anders Lee’s injury still looming.
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For the Islanders’ sake I hope they get active before the deadline, but as Barry Trotz hinted at April 12 can be a busy day for the league. Buckle up Isles fans, it looks like we’re in for a doozy.