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Islanders News: Trade deadline day

The big names have been dealt, but there remain some options.

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New York Islanders v Winnipeg Jets
These two pending UFAs probably aren’t going anywhere today.
Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Islanders kicked off the Eastern Conference trade deadline arms race way back in January when they acquired Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks. That trade slowly but surely spurred deals around the league. Most of the big deals favored the East, and it culminated in not a trade deadline day, but a trade deadline week or two as the Eastern teams loaded up.

Honestly, even though the deadline day itself will probably be a dud, it was more fun that it took place over a prolonged stretch. There was more time to digest what was happening, and more time for GMs to look at a deal another GM made and say, “Oh crap, better get to work.” But I also follow along on Twitter rather than sitting through any trade deadline shows. I know Dan has said, on Islanders Anxiety, that he often takes the day off to watch it, and Mike will watch it too, and I don’t envy them today.

As for what the Islanders do today, well, they do have a little more than $6 million of cap space to play with, but they already got Horvat, as noted above. And they this week traded for Pierre Engvall from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Maybe they grab a depth defenseman if one is available on the cheap. But the rental options, in my opinion at least, aren’t great. Now, we know Lou isn’t fond of rentals—although, at the moment, Engvall is one—so perhaps there is someone out there we’re not thinking of. I’m sure someone fitting that description will get dealt today, and it just might be the Islanders making that trade.

But to give you an idea of what’s left out there, James van Riemsdyk, with his nine goals, is probably the best rental player remaining. The defenders out there aren’t much better.

Islanders News

  • Stefen Rosner reports what he has heard from other sources regarding the Islanders: mostly looking for defense, if anything, at this point. [NYI Hockey Now]
  • Before the deadline, the Islanders realized it was “now or never” for them. Since the shellacking by the Bruins that included losing Mathew Barzal, they are 3-1-1 and have allowed only seven goals while putting forth more consistent efforts. [The Athletic]
  • Pending UFA Scott Mayfield doesn’t want to be traded today. He probably won’t be. [NYI Hockey Now]
  • Pierre Engvall will wear no. 18 for the Islanders, the third guy to wear it for the team this season (the memory of Beauvillier lives on). [Islanders]
  • Engvall is diving right in. [Islanders] And the Islanders are testing out his versatility right away, as he skated on the top line in practice yesterday. [Newsday]
  • To make room for Engvall, the Islanders sent Arnaud Durandeau back to Bridgeport. That’s a shame; I hope he comes back soon. [Isles DTD]
  • Hear from the newest guy:
  • While we’re at it, hear from the coach, too:
  • Mathew Barzal was reportedly taking in practice from the stands and walking without a limp, which Andrew Gross said he had last week. But his baggy sweatpants obscured whether he had on a brace. [NYI Hockey Now]
  • Great news for cord-cutters, and an explanation for why the Isles’ TV network is now MSGSN instead of MSG+: MSG Networks are launching their own streaming service, called MSG+, this summer. [Newsday]
  • Islanders history by the numbers.

Yesterday’s Trades


Last night’s NHL scores include the Penguins and Senators winning, the Red Wings getting a loser point, and the Sabres getting no points. The Penguins have now won four straight and jumped the Islanders by a point.

  • The Senators’ win came at the Garden in both Patrick Kane’s Rangers debut and Jakob Chychrun’s Senators debut. [NHL] And it was old friend and longtime Ranger (gross putting those two descriptors together) Derick Brassard’s 1,000th game; before the game, his teammates presented him with gifts, and he went on to score twice. [NHL]
  • The Sabres’ loss was to the Bruins, who won their ninth straight and hit 101 points. They are the fastest team in NHL history to 100 points: Through 61 games, they are 48-8-5, which is wild. [NHL]
  • By signing his extension with the Detroit Red Wings, Dylan Larkin bought into the team’s future. [NHL]
  • Meanwhile, David Pastrnak and the Bruins finally agreed to his extension, coming in at eight years and a $11.25 million AAV. [NHL]