The trade market has become incredibly expensive as the deadline looms at 3 p.m. ET on March 1, reports Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, who has two of the most coveted forwards on the market in Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene, is looking to make a killing on either one, says Garrioch.
Garrioch noted that when Senators GM Pierre Dorion spoke to Sakic, the cost for either player was 23-year-old defenseman Codi Ceci, a 2017 first-round draft pick, one of two blue chip prospects in defenseman Thomas Chabot -- star of the just completed world junior championship -- or center Colin White, plus perhaps a couple of other parts.
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Being as it's very difficult to know how Sakic views the talent on the Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers to that of the players mentioned above, you can take a stab at what Islanders GM Garth Snow would have to offer -- Travis Hamonic, a 2017 first round draft pick, Mathew Barzal, Michael Dal Colle or Ryan Pulock and perhaps even more.
And that's assuming Sakic has placed any value in Dal Colle, still developing in Bridgeport and not ready for prime time. Or Pulock, who has not shown any consistency at the NHL level and has been a bit injury-riddled the last two seasons. It might come down to Barzal or bust, with the Seattle Thunderbirds star coming off a 15-point week (in four games).
In looking through the TSN trade bait list, you see some of the names out there and not many look enticing enough for Snow to part with the assets he currently has. Heading into Tuesday night's game in Toronto, the Islanders are just one point out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern conference, having fought back from a miserable start with an 8-2-2 run under interim head coach Doug Weight.
Unless you believe the Islanders are close to a Stanley Cup -- they're not -- you are not moving assets for a rental or a pending unrestricted free agent in 2017. That eliminates names like Kevin Shattenkirk, Martin Hanzal, Patrick Eaves, Michael Stone, Radim Vrbata, and others. With Thomas Greiss signed to an extension, Ben Bishop and what he wants on an annual basis on his new contract is a non-starter.
Evander Kane comes with a host of off-ice maturity issues, and Jordan Eberle has had a rough season on a good Edmonton Oilers team. Plus his name has cooled around the league as being as available as he was back in October. The Islanders already have one under-achieving player making 6 million dollars, do they need another?
Maybe there is something out there for Jaroslav Halak, who sources tell me has generated more interest recently given his strong run of play in the AHL for the Sound Tigers. But you aren't getting anything other than a draft pick, more than likely, for a 31-year old goaltender making $4.5 million dollars -- some of which you might even have to absorb to make a deal possible.
The Islanders do have expansion draft concerns around some of their defenseman, notably Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey, but are those deals that really need to be made before or on March 1? Snow could hold onto them, try to make a sprint for a playoff spot, then talk to teams prior to the June 17, 5 p.m. ET deadline.
Given what we've heard so far in terms of prices and availability and where the Islanders are in terms of the salary cap and standings, it could be seen as a quiet trade deadline day, a day right in the middle of a four-day break for the team on a nine-game road trip.