Staple added that nothing has been determined, but both sides are interested.
Zidlicky, 38, who joined the Devils midway through 2011-12, was traded halfway through last season from New Jersey to the Red Wings. In 84 games between the two teams, he finished with 34 points.
For his career, Zidlicky 85 goals, 316 assists and a minus-69 rating in 783 games.
This would certainly fill the need for another veteran defenseman on the blue line and Zidlicky could help the Islanders struggling power play. The soon-to-be 39-year-old has strong shot from the point and doesn't back down on the blue line, despite his smaller stature.
Defense is one area that I think the Islanders need to upgrade during the offseason, even more so than finding a winger for John Tavares. Zidlicky would be a solid addition to the Islanders defensive core, but they still could use another top-4 defensemen to round out the unit.