The Athletic article gives two factors for this potential trade. The first is that the Blues owner Tom Stillman still views the championship window as open, so picks and prospects are probably unlikely.
The second is that St Louis may have to retain some of the $7.5 million cap hit in order for teams to make it work.
Here, the Islanders are moving Jordan Eberle who has three years left at $5.5 million AAV, and RFA Anthony Beauvillier. In return is Tarasenko (St. Louis is retaining $1 million over the next two years) and RFA Robert Thomas.
Last year, Thomas had 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 33 games playing on the third line. He’s solid depth and lessens the blow of having to lose Anthony Beauvillier in a trade. The rest of my signings and trades are as followed:
Lee – Barzal – Tarasenko
Bailey – Nelson – Wahlstrom
Bellows – Pageau – Thomas
Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck
Pelech – Pulock
Hjalmarsson – Dobson
Salo – Mayfield
This leaves the Islanders with $1.2 million in cap space.