Are ok with losing him
The biggest takeaway from me on trading Leddy is how they’re OK with losing him.
And look, the Isles aren’t moving a player on a bad year. Leddy had a resurgent season in 20-21. In the 56 games he played this year, Leddy scored 31 points. That’s a pace of 45 points over an 82 game season. Something that would have been his second-best return over his eleven-year career.
And the Islanders are ok with losing him. Lou Lamoriello and his staff feel like they can still compete at the top of the NHL without Nick Leddy on the roster. And that’s without having a direct replacement available.
Last year the Isles did the same with Devon Toews when they traded him to Colorado for two second-round picks. But they had Nick Leddy to step into that role. They don’t have that luxury this time around. Or at least we don’t know they have that luxury.
Like I said in the previous slide, Lou and his staff clearly feel like they can get adequate cover for Leddy if they can find a new home for him in what would essentially be a cap clearing move.