Another day passes and the New York Islanders remain the only team not to have made a trade since the opening of free agency, Rue Odelius next to. The Matthew Tkachuk the situation seemed to present an opportunity for Isles GM Lou Lamoriello become a beneficiary of the team that acquired the 24-year-old winger until Florida Panthers embarked on a blockbuster. With the structure of the trade, it’s unlikely either team will have a corresponding move ahead for Lamoriello. The only idea we have of what Lamoriello plans to do next is the idea that the door isn’t closed on the signing of the Islanders Nazem Kadri. If this is the big off-season acquisition, how is the future 32-year-old doing?
Before closing social networks for the weekend, Athletic’s Kevin Kurz gave Islander fans a sneak peek on what he hears about Kadri and the Islanders:
“My final thought heading into the weekend is that after texting a few league sources today, I believe there is still *chance* that Nazem Kadri ends up with the Islanders. I can’t not give ratings, and they might be thin, but I don’t believe the door is closed on that yet”
– Kevin Kurz
Although slim, it looks like Lamoriello is hiding in Kadri’s situation. The London, Ont., native centered the Colorado avalanche second line last season with 28 goals and 59 assists. After winning the Stanley Cup, Kadri entered the 2022 free agency period as the second best player available next to Johnny Gaudreau.
It’s now been 10 days since the free agency window opened and Kadri is still unsigned. If history tells us anything, Lamoriello has already had Kadri put pen to paper and locked the signed contract in his top drawer. If so, could there be a corresponding move that follows? It seems unlikely that Lamoriello signed Kadri to play out of position on the wing. However, the Islanders already have four solid centers, raising the question of where Kadri will play.
Some have speculated whether or not the islanders will move Mathieu Barzal Where Brock Nelson on the wing. It seems unlikely that the Islanders would want to move their star player Barzal out of position, and after a great season in which Nelson scored 37 goals, why move him out of position – or better yet his comfort zone?
This leaves JG Pageau. Pageau is the definition of a Swiss army knife for islanders. He does it all, whether it’s winning faceoffs, killing penalties or scoring goals. He played up and down the lineup and occasionally played on the wing when the Islanders found themselves shorthanded mid-game. Kadri can command over $7 million on the open market, which means Lamoriello will have to drop some wages. So a few things come to mind here. If Kadri gets on board, Josh Bailey could definitely be the odd one out. If so, there is a spot on the wing that someone needs to fill. However, it still seems unlikely that Pageau or Kadri will play out of position.
So what’s left? Could Lamoriello consider swapping a center? Nelson and Pageau amended no-trade slates of 16 teams. This halves the NHL in terms of landing destinations, however, there are still 16 teams left for one of the centers to trade. After hearing about the “hockey professions” and now a long silence from Lamoriello, could the Hall of Fame general manager conjure up something big? Trading from a position of strength looks plausible if Lamoriello can convince Kadri to sign for Long Island, opening the possibility of acquiring a top winger to play with Barzal on the front row in a ‘hockey swap’. Although Nelson and Pageau have fairly large contracts, they are still excellent centers that some teams covet.
This is all speculation of course, but it seems strange to hear about “hockey trades”, and now we sit halfway through the summer with no changes to the roster other than Alexander Romanov. With nothing but whispers of a possible Kadri acquisition to hang our hats on, we wonder if something big could be brewing behind the scenes, and it could be the Islanders’ best bet to acquire this goalscoring winger. they were looking for. .