5 realistic trade deadline targets for the NY Islanders

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Vladamir Tarasenko, RW, Ottawa Senators

A name that has been on the Isles' radar for years, Vladamir Tarasenko appears to be available at the trade line for a second consecutive season. Agreeing to a one-year $5M contract in Ottawa for this season, it was always assumed the Sens would look to move on from the former Stanley Cup Champion if they found themselves out of the playoff race.

This isn't the Tarasenko from his days with the Blues, now 32 years old. With 41 points (17 G, 24 A) through 57 games, Tarasenko could slot in on either of the top two lines, giving Roy flexibility to move Nelson back to his natural role as the second-line center.

Tarasenko made it known last season his desire to play in the New York area, as he was added to the NY Rangers during last year's playoff run, hoping to re-sign in the Big Apple during the off-season. It may not be Manhattan, but Elmont is about as close as he'll get to NYC.

According to Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the asking price for Tarasenko is a second-round pick, with Ottawa willing to eat some of his cap hit. Lamoriello isn't one to trade for rental players, so it'll be interesting to see if he's willing to give up assets for a player on the back nine of his career.