All eyes in Brooklyn are on Garth Snow, as the February 29 trade deadline approaches.
ESPN's Scott Burnside broke down each of the Metropolitan division team's needs headed toward the deadline, and says the Isles find themselves in a difficult position.
I don't think there's a team out there that couldn't use another forward or defenseman, so the Islanders are in good company as far as their needs go. But with a still fairly deep system and depth at forward, the Isles do have some room to maneuver. I'm just not sure they'll find something at a reasonable price that they'll consider an upgrade over what they have.
Here's what I don't get about Burnside's take. How is this team not a contender? Yes, the Islanders find themselves in a logjam in the Metropolitan and in the East, but they've dominated the Western Conference, and they've played lights out at home (19-8-3). In the NHL this year, there are just 12 teams with a positive goal differential, and just six of them have a goal differential better than +20. The Isles are one of those teams. Outside of the Capitals, is there really a clear-cut Cup favorite? No, and I'll take my chances in a best-of-seven series against a team that only barely outlasted the Islanders in the playoffs last season. Anything Garth does at the deadline should be reflective of the fact that this team can make a serious run this year, and those chances don't come around often.