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Islanders: 3 Destinations Josh Bailey Could Land if Traded

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The current longest-tenured New York Islander, Josh Bailey, is one of a handful of forwards who could possibly be on the move this summer. Isles GM Lou Lamoriello is looking to make "hockey deals" to improve his roster this summer, specifically to add more goals and speed. Bailey - selected ninth overall in the 2008 NHL draft - checks plenty of boxes, but not so much the two that Lamoriello is looking for. With two years left on his contract and no trade protection, he's a prime candidate to be included in a deal this summer.

Whether you believe it or not, Bailey still has plenty of value and could retrieve the Isles some assets. Kevin Kurz of The Athletic states:

"For whatever reason, there seems to be a portion of the fan base here that thinks the Islanders would have to pay another team to take Bailey off of their hands, but that’s a silly suggestion. This isn’t another Andrew Ladd situation. Bailey can still produce, even if he does it quietly, and while the return might not be huge, I could see him as part of a larger deal (especially if the Islanders are willing to retain a portion of his salary). But even if the Islanders just had to dump him to create salary-cap space, they’d probably get at least a decent draft pick in return."

Kevin Kurz

So what teams could be interested in the veteran winger?

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