Outside of the obvious, JG Pageau, the New York Islanders tend to take the quiet route when it comes to the trade deadline. With the deadline rapidly approaching next week, I figured we could take a look at deadlines gone by.
Over the last 10 seasons, the Isles have made 14 trades. To be completely honest with you, the number of “impact deals” of those 14 trades is very small.
Like I said, especially during the Garth Snow era, it was depth moves and moves of marginal significance. Without further ado, let’s get into the rankings:
14. The Vanek Deal
This was bad for a number of reasons. Number one, Garth Snow traded away a fan favorite in Matt Moulson, a first and a second in order to land Thomas Vanek. Vanek was productive for the Isles, he had 44 points in 47 games, but they sold extremely low.
The Isles moved a near point per game player and got essentially nothing back. Montreal fleeced Garth and although he didn’t extend with Montreal either, they paid a marginal price considering what the Snow did a few months earlier.
13. Marc-Andre Cliche for Taylor Beck
Garth Snow got six games out of Marc-Andre Cliche in their system (all with Bridgeport). He’d play with the Toronto Marlies the following year. As for Beck, he didn’t do much for Colorado’s system but at least he had a few more productive years in the AHL as Cliche was done with hockey after 2016.
12. The 2015 Goalie Swap
The Islanders thought they were upgrading in net behind Jaroslav Halak. Michael Neuvirth was anything but that. he played just five games for New York and had a .881 save percentage and a 2.94 goals against average.
It’s worth noting he had a .921 save percentage the year prior. This was a swing and a miss from Garth Snow.
11. Yuri Alexandrov
He played 0 games in the Isles system. If you don’t remember who Yuri Alexandrov is that’s why. Yes, they have three trades that are worse than acquiring someone who did nothing for them.