Players wanting to come and play for the New York Islanders is still something fans are getting used to. First, this offseason, it was Vladimir Tarasenko and now, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has interest in the Islanders.
Andy Strickland is reporting that if Landeskog leaves he would consider Florida, Tampa Bay, Vegas, Toronto, St. Louis, and the Islanders. Alright, so let’s talk about it would that be possible?
Landeskog is one of the more dynamic players in the league. In 54 games this past year he had 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) which is a pace of 79 points and 30 goals. Last year, his numbers paced to a full 82 game season was 67 points and 30 goals.
With the year prior being a 34 goal season, that would’ve put him at three years in a row of 30+ goals. The advanced numbers are pretty solid and Landeskog also. He had a 50.5 GF%, 61.8 xGF%, 59.1 HDCF%, and a 52.9 HDGF% according to Natural Stat Trick.
Not only is he a force offensively, but he’s very very good defensively as well (hello Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello!). He’s 89th percentile in even-strength defense and the 98th percentile on the power play looks pretty nice too.
This is a player that would absolutely be a massive improvement to the Islanders top line. The issue is fitting him under the cap. According to Elliotte Friedman, he thinks a seven-year $7 million AAV contract is on the table.
If that’s the case, the Isles can potentially make that work. There’d have to be a lot of moving parts but it could work. Others, like Andy Strickland, tend to think in the $9 million to $10 million range. If that’s the case, I don’t see the Islanders being in the mix.
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Regardless, Lamoriello is going to have his work cut out for him if they’re looking to add Landeskog or not. Be on the lookout for the Isles to be active in the next few weeks.