New York Islanders: Potential trade targets at the deadline

The New York Islanders are back in the trade market once again. But, this time, it’s not because of players underperforming or attitude problems. Just recently, it’s been announced that captain Anders Lee is out for the season with a lower-body injury and has been placed on LTIR. The Isles have been given his $7m cap hit in relief of this. This is the first time in a long time that the Islanders have cap room to go out and get a guy. These are 3 of my under-the-radar options. This list won’t include guys like Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmeri, or Fillip Forsberg. 

Rickard Rakell, F, Ducks

Rickard Rakell is just an awesome player. Rakell has shown that he can score 30+ goals and match that goal number with assists. He’s just about reaching the best of his playing days, and it’s about time for a change of scenery. He’s the best option for the Islanders out of the 3 in my mind. Rakell has got a cheapish cap hit, and he’s a gifted offensive player. The problem is, it’s gonna take a good amount to get him. Probably a high-level prospect, a first-round pick, and maybe even more. Also, the Islanders would have to sign him to a long-term deal very shortly. Rakell currently has 19 points in 30 games this season while playing on a line with a rookie and a 35-year-old center.

Bobby Ryan, F, Red Wings

Bobby Ryan is literally the perfect option if Anders Lee comes back for the playoffs. Ryan has revived his career, and no one has noticed cause he’s in Detroit. He’s a cheap player on a minimum deal, it won’t take much to get him. Ryan battled a lot of demons in Ottawa, but he’s found his footing in Detroit. I believe with the right system, aka Barry Trotz’s system, and the right players around him, aka JG Pageau and Oliver Wahlstrom, Ryan can return to his early Ottawa playing days. The trade for Ryan would be as cheap as it gets, probably just a mid-level pick. Ryan currently has 13 points in 28 games this season.

Tanner Pearson, F, Canucks

Tanner Pearson has the stats and the cups to prove to you why he should be traded for. There is almost no explanation on why you shouldn’t get him other than the fact that he’s been having a down year, but the Vancouver Canucks just flat out suck right now. I don’t know how much it would take to get him, but I can see the Canucks taking a player like Komarov back the other way to get the deal done. Isles would most likely have to throw a prospect and a second-round pick as well into the mix. What do you think about these under the radar, guys?

New York Islanders: 3 underrated forward options in free agency

New York Islanders, Matt Nieto

The New York Islanders do not have a lot of cap space to work with, and everyone knows that. So, the Islanders might have to pick up some underrated forwards for the 3rd year in a row. Sadly, this article will not cover optimistic topics like Mike Hoffman and Patrik Laine. This article will cover 3rd liners and possible 2nd liners. There are three underrated free-agent options I can see the Isles targeting this year.

Three potential free-agent options for the New York Islanders:

Matt Nieto

Matt Nieto is one of the fastest guys in the league, but no one knows it. Nieto recorded eight goals and 13 assists for the Avalanche this season and is fully in prime form. Though these aren’t impressive numbers, he is still a solid forward option. He’s a great two-way forward and fits Barry Trotz’s system. Nieto could perfectly fill in the third line winger spot with Pageau and Kieffer Bellows on his side.

Erik Haula

I’ve wanted to see Haula be traded to the Isles for such a long time. Haula is such an underrated forward. He brings so much grit to every team he’s been on. Haula is also a bit of a goal scorer. If Haula was able to play a full 68 games this year, he was on pace for 20 goals. As a matter of fact, just two years ago, Haula recorded 29 goals and 26 assists while missing six games. I would love to see Lamoriello make this signing.

Bobby Ryan

Yes, you heard me clearly, I would love to see the Isles sign, Bobby Ryan. Ryan just had his contract bought out by the Ottawa Senators today. Bobby Ryan is poised for at least another two good seasons. He’s a great Hockey player, and great Hockey players always find a way to get it done. Although Ryan has missed a ton of time as of late, he should be ready to step up his play. The contract would be cheap, and it would be up to Ryan to prove his worth on the ice. It’s a low risk, high reward for the Isles.