The New York Islanders are reportedly likely to lose forward Mikhail Grabovski to the Las Vegas Golden Knights as part of expansion draft trades, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
The Islanders only put three forwards -- John Tavares, Anders Lee and Andrew Ladd -- on the protected list, as Jason Chimera, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck were among the 25 players they made available.
New York will reportedly send its first-round pick to Vegas in order to prevent the Golden Knights from taking one of their forwards. There will be a third component to the deal, according to Staple, however it is not yet known what it would be.
The Islanders, according to Staple, are looking to clear cap space, and that could indicate Grabovski, who has a $5 million cap hit in the 2017-18 season, could be headed to Vegas.
Staple initially reported that Grabovski was among four players the Golden Knights would take from the Islanders, the other three being Nikolay Kulemin, Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Hickey.
Grabovski, 33, has yet to be cleared to play since suffering a concussion in March 2016, according to Staple. He has recorded 125 goals and 171 assists in 534 games.
Vegas will submit its draft selections by 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
I'm pleasantly shocked. This move makes me wonder if Garth Snow is actually a Jedi or something.
At first blush, it's a good deal for both clubs. Vegas already has the No. 3 overall pick, and the Knights will get at least one big future asset in the form of the 15th selection as well. Then, they can use Grabovski and possibly Kulemin's cap hits to help get to the floor, all while knowing they'll clear both salaries off the books right after next season. Meanwhile, the Isles get the short term flexibility that could allow them to add major pieces to satisfy Tavares and coax him into inking a contract extension, all while taking the next step to becoming a serious playoff contender.
Without seeing the exact terms, this is the best of both worlds. Say what you will about Snow. He has some demerits on his side of the ledger for sure. But it seems he played this perfectly.