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Elliotte Friedman’s predictions for Islanders UFA and trade targets

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New York Islanders scores at 16:07 of the second period against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Second Round of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum on June 09, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New York Islanders scores at 16:07 of the second period against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Second Round of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum on June 09, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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DENVER, COLORADO – JANUARY 26: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche brings the puck off the boards against the San Jose Sharks in the second period at Ball Arena on January 26, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

What’s the word on some of the New York Islanders top free agent and trade targets as free agency frenzy (July 28) approached.

Late last night Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman put out a blog about some of the biggest storylines as we near free-agent frenzy. The New York Islanders have cap space and figure to be players in the free-agent market and the trade market.

After a few trades and the expansion draft, the Islanders have a few gaps on their roster that they need to fill. With Nick Leddy going to Detroit there’s a gap in the top four that needs to be filled.

There’s an argument that one of Sebastian Aho, Samuel Bolduc, or Robin Salo could be in the mix, but with the hesitancy the Isles coaching staff has towards rookies it’s hard to see them putting what is essentially two rookies (Dobson and Aho) in their top six.

Losing Jordan Eberle to the Seattle Kraken opens a spot on the Islanders top line. It’s possible that Oliver Wahlstrom jumps up to play next to Barzal and Lee on the Isles top group, but even then there’s an opening further down the roster that needs to be filled.

So yesterday, Elliotte Friedman looked at some of the big names heading towards free agency and available on the trade market and tried to predict where they would end up. And while this isn’t Friedman saying any of these deals are guaranteed, if anyone knows something its, Friedman.

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