The Islanders are pushing hard to make a deal for a forward, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
New York (5-8-3) is currently in dead last in the 16-team Eastern Conference, and is tied with Boston for 19th in the league in goals per game at 2.50.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman weighed in on the topic, saying "I think the Islanders looked for forward help, but couldn't find a move that made sense. Can't imagine they'd want to deal many of their talented young prospects."
Friedman is also uncertain how serious Garth Snow is in trading G Jaroslav Halak. Since Snow put him on the trade block eight games ago, Halak has started six games and played in seven.
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Friedman is as professional as they come and he takes the high road here, saying he 'thinks' the Islanders looked for forward help. It's pretty much a foregone conclusion they have, but as it's been said repeatedly on the pages of SNY, you can't just push the 'X' button on your PS4 controller.
What stands out more is his next line - "can't imagine they would want to deal many of their talented young prospects." I agree, if you are Garth Snow, you hold onto Michael Dal Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock and Anthony Beauvillier, who look to be part of the future for years to come.
But, if your definition of prospect is a player who has not yet reached full NHL potential or peak, then you could include Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson in that group as well. And, while they are all fine gentlemen and working hard to get better, it seems as if their development has stalled under current management. Trade value will only go down should that trend continue and they would have to be considered viable options to be moved.
On the Jaroslav Halak commentary, it continues to befuddle just about everyone who is around this team on a regular basis, yours truly included. J.F Berube is still the big loser, missing out on valuable development while Thomas Greiss counts, one by one, the attendance at Barclays Center. I mean, Berube can't even dress as a backup these days.
Thanksgiving is approaching quick and it becomes harder and harder to make a run after that point. New York needs to turn things around. Like yesterday.