Both Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson are out for weeks for the New York Islanders. Pulock is out 4-6 weeks while Brock Nelson is gone 2-4 weeks. Naturally, fans are looking at the trade market to try and find adequate replacements for both of them
But I really don't think Lou Lamoriello is on the same page. I don't think that Lou will make a big trade to replace either player.
Lou isn't about to make a big trade to replace injured New York Islanders players
Think back to the 2019-20 season. On January 2, the Islanders lost Adam Pelech indefinitely with an injury. The team's number one defenseman and top shutdown guy was gone for the entire year (a critical role on the team). Did Lou Lamoriello run to the trade market to replace him? Not at all.
Again, he wasn't coming back that year. Lou Lamoriello took his time and finally acquired someone a month-and-a-half later. He acquired Andy Greene from the New Jersey Devils for a second-round pick and a prospect (David Quenneville). A veteran guy on an expiring deal.
Both Pulock and Nelson will be back. In fact, so will the guys on the COVID protocol list. Of course, Pulcok and Nelson won't be back soon but if the Islanders do anything it won't be a big blockbuster trade to fill either's role.
For now, the New York Islanders are on an internal fact-finding mission. They'll look at everyone at THE AHL level (on an NHL deal) they think is close to the NHL to see what they have. That alone will buy the Islanders a few weeks off of either Nelson or Pulock's injury.
If the Islanders do anything it will be a depth acquisition to tread water while they wait for their guys to come back.