Since it’s a slow night, I’d figure I take a look around the internet to see any possible trade rumors involving the Islanders. There really isn’t anything concrete or anything of substance, but I’ll just have some fun and this is strictly for entertainment, I have no confirmation on anything here, pure speculation.
From Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:
There are rumblings Colorado would trade captain/left-winger Gabriel Landeskog for a quality defenceman. Before you say “nonsense,” recall the Taylor Hall Hall for Adam Larsson trade. Would you trade Landeskog to the Islanders for Travis Hamonic, who has a buyer-friendly contract? Or would you offer him to Anaheim for 24-year-old D-man Cam Fowler, whereby the Ducks could play him with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for 24-year-old D-man Cam Fowler?
Many also think C/left wing Matt Duchene’s in play in Colorado for a minute-munching young defenceman.
Yakupov’s a good kid and tries to wear a happy face, but he’s been a healthy scratch seven times in St. Louis and they’re playing Ty Rattie ahead of him. And the Blues have never been that high on Rattie.
My thoughts: When it comes to rumors, Matheson is a reporter I pay attention to. Like many rumors, he’s not always right, but I put him up there with Dreger, McKenzie and Friedman. For me, I’ll take Landeskog. He’s shown flashes of greatness at the World Cub this past summer and if it took Hamonic to get him, I would seriously consider it. Putting him with Tavares and Bailey would be a sight to see and I dare say would be better than the 2014 line of Vanek-Tavares-Parenteau. Duchene on the other hand is someone I have a reservation with because of his recent injuries/concussion.
In all seriousness, these are two players who are still considered core pieces to the Colorado organization. They’re far from being out of the playoff hunt and a trade like this would probably take place around the trade deadline or more likely during the offseason. Still it’s nice to imagine Landeskog with Tavares.
I put Yakupov’s name down here for selfish reasons. I wanted the Isles to give him a shot as it would not have taken much to bring him over. The Isles still could, but they need to be a little more desperate and after winning their last three games in a row, they may not need to take on a big risk. If the Isles fall out of contention for a playoff spot, then I’ll revisit this one.
On Anthony Duclair via TSN:
The Coyotes offering the Flames Anthony Duclair for Dougie Hamilton during the NHL draft, and the Flames said no.
My thoughts: As mentioned in the video, Duclair has been available since the draft. Warning sign number one. Since then no one has taken a shot at him, nobody. That should be warning sign number two. If the rumors of Arizona wanting a center in return are true, then the Islanders have quite a few. Would I trade Mathew Barzal or Brock Nelson for Duclair? Not a chance. Would a one-time 50 point center like Ryan Strome be enough to make a deal for a one-time 20 goal scorer in Duclair? Possibly. Perhaps the Coyotes would be interested in a more two-way center like Anthony Beauvillier. Either way, Duclair has Jason Blake’s size (small and quick) but with the potential to score like Miro Satan or Marius Czerkawski. His defense needs work and that will take some time, but he’s got great hands and can control the play.
Again for fun, If you were to ask who would be the most likeliest to become the next Islander out of this group? I’d say Duclair. If the season moves on and the Islanders suddenly collapse, I’d then go with Yakupov as an experiment because if he doesn’t succeed with St. Louis or any other team he may be traded to this year, he’s probably KHL bound. As for Duchene and Landeskog? They’ll stay in Colorado until general manager Joe Sakic is convinced it’s time to move one or both.
I could be wrong on everything I wrote and that’s okay. The point is you read this article all the way through and I hope you enjoyed it enough to come back to do it again on future ones. Let me know what you would like the Isles to do?