Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NHL Trade Deadline: New York Islanders

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Islanders GM Garth SnowNothing is certain, but the New York Islanders are expected to have a quiet trade deadline.

That's something you probably don't expect to hear about a team that is a perennial seller at the deadline, and formerly general managed by the always trigger-happy Mike Milbury.

This year, however, it appears the Islanders have already made their moves. Goalie Dwayne Roloson was sent to Tampa Bay in December and defenseman James Wisniewski was moved to Montreal. The only real remaining chip the team held that could be moved was free-agent-to-be Matt Moulson.

However, GM Garth Snow signed Moulson to a three-year extension at the end of January. Earlier this month, Snow also inked P.A. Parenteau to a one-year extension and what's left in the pool that can be moved isn't much.

While the team has had a downright mediocre 2011 at 11-11-1 since New Year's, their dreadful finish to 2010 included a 14-game losing streak that cost ex-coach Scott Gordon his job and still has them among the worst in the league with no hope of a playoff spot.

NEEDS

They're clearly a seller, but the question is who can be moved and, more importantly, will they? With the moves already made, they have five remaining free agents that can be moved before the deadline.

Doug Weight is likely to retire at the end of the year, as he hasn't seen the ice since November 17 due to injury. Nathan Lawson and Trevor Gillies have no trade value, which leaves only two Islanders, Radek Martinek and Zenon Konopka, that have any value in the market.

 

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