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If the Isles are sellers come the trade deadline...

If the Islanders decide to be sellers come the NHL trade deadline, which players do you think could be finding themselves a new home come March?  While it is possible that the Isles could remain in contention for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the realistic part of me thinks that the Isles will finish in the range of 8-12 points behind the 8th place team in the conference.  Yes, I am certainly rooting for the team to turn the dial and have a strong finish, I am thinking that it may be beneficial for the Islanders to continue building towards the future.  Assets in a trade will probably involve the form of draft picks, probably in the 4th round or lower.  I don't think that Garth Snow will do any better than that, but you never know.  With the player assets the Isles have, I don't anticipate prospects coming our way.

Martin Biron - I think he would be the strongest candidate to be traded.  I think that it is more of a matter of which teams are willing to invest in some goaltending depth for a playoff run.  The Ottawa Senators may be a good fit for Biron, or possibly the Montreal Canadiens if the Habs decide to trade Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak.

Doug Weight - I'm surprised his name hasn't really been mentioned, but I wouldn't be surprised if a playoff bound team goes for Weight in order to have some depth, playoff experience and leadership.  I don't know how many more years Weight has remaining in the NHL, so it may be fitting to send Weight off with a playoff run.  I think he may fit in well on the Los Angeles Kings.

Jon Sim, Richard Park, etc.  - Possible trade assets, but unlikely.  I don't think Sim has a place on the Islanders of the future, but maybe Park does.  Park may be more of a tradable asset than Sim.  Andy Sutton is also a possibility, and I think he is at the end of his contract, but I somehow envision the Islanders wanting to keep him around, probably for another season as the young crop of defensemen continue to mature.  Maybe the Isles can find someone daring enough to take Tambellini or Witt off their hands, but we may have a better chance seeing pigs fly.

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