A Salary swap? Is that possible for the Isles to dump off two contracts and then grab two different players? Well, I’m going to give it a go.
In this trade, the Isles are able to give two “win-now players” for St. Louis and in return get Tarasenko (with no cap relief) and Vince Dunn, who is an RFA. The rest of the moves are as followed:
The Isles lose youngster Kieffer Bellows in expansion and are able to dump off Andrew Ladd to the Coyotes by attaching a first-round pick in next year’s 2022 NHL Draft.
Lee – Barzal – Tarasenko
Beauvillier – Nelson – Bailey
Komarov – Pageau – Wahlstrom
Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck
Pelech – Pulock
Dunn – Dobson
Salo – Mayfield
This leaves the Islanders with $2.3 million in cap space.
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Would you do any of these three options in order to land a talent like Vladimir Tarasenko? He could be the scorer to put this team over the top.