The All-Star break is officially among us, therefore some players are off (those not attending the All-Star game festivities) but more importantly every NHL General Manager and owner has off from day to day operations but for some teams coaches, owners and general managers there is still some work to be done. Among those teams who’s front office will probably not get much time off during the All-Star break is the New York Islanders.
The Islanders have put themselves within the top-5 of the NHL, 1st in the Metropolitan division and 2nd in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have made their case to be legitimate playoff team, they have depth, goal-scoring, goal tending and coaching. But right before the team went on break Lou Lamoriello said that he is looking to upgrade the team and is interested in adding a rental player. But who might be moved for that rental player? These are my five picks at who could be moved from the Islanders.
1. Michael Dal Colle: Depending on the value of the rental forward or defenseman you are recieving the Islanders real only top prospect right now that is avialable to play in the NHL for another team, has some NHL experience, value, and is a solid stock to invest in for any team is Del Colle. He’s played 17 NHL games but has more experience in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Dal Colle has collected 166 AHL games with 93 points.
2. Sebastian Aho: The Islanders young defensive prospect does not look like he will crack the roster over the next two to three years with the solid play of Ryan Pulock, Scott Mayfield and Devon Toews, Aho is the odd-man out in this situation. Therefore why not get some return for the 5th round draft pick. Aho has played 76 AHL games collecting 55 AHL points, he is playing well above a 5th round draft pick right now. He also played 22 NHL games in 2017-18 collecting 4 points.
3. Adam Pelech: The Islanders fifth defensemen at the moment has not been all that bad nor all that great. Definitely not good enough to not at least throw his name in the hat of players to potentially shed. Pelech also comes with a small price tag of 1.6 million for another three years and has played already 176 NHL games at the age of 24. Pelech is still a young defensemen that has NHL experience that can be valuable to a team like the Flyers.
4. Lucas Sbisa: The Islanders definitely do not need this guy he has been in and out of the line up all year and it seems the Islanders are not too gung-ho on Sbisa. The return for Sbisa would not be too large they would need to throw in an early draft pick but he does provide a little value to some NHL rosters. He is still only 28-years-old with 504 NHL games played.
5. Josh Ho-Sang: The last player Islander fans want to see on this list probably and realistically he probably won’t be traded but I would not be surprised to see him moved. Ho-Sang had a lot of hype surrounding him before Matt Barzal came to town. Ho-Sang has been back and forth from the AHL to the NHL for almost three years now. It is almost sad to see his talent wasted but it is obvious that the Islanders have not taken a liking to the kid. Under three different coaches Ho-Sang has not been a regular in the line up. It may be better for him to get a new start somewhere else, the only issue is that Ho-Sang’s stock is a little low right now and the Islanders would probably lose the deal if they go out and get a rental for Ho-Sang but that is the gamble of trying to take that next step to be a legit playoff team and not a one and done.
P.A. Parenteau spent 10 years in the NHL coming into the league at 27 and playing in a total of 491 games with 8 different clubs, collecting 296 points. Parenteau was what we would call a journeyman, he bounced around his whole career and never spent more than 2 years with a club. Parenteau’s best years came with the Islanders in 2010-2012 playing 161 games with the team tallying 120 points and a career-high 49 assists during his final year with them. From then on after he left the Islanders in 2012 Parenteau was never able to settle down with one team, spending two seasons in Colorado the following years playing in 103 games with the Avalanche to then bouncing around between Montreal, Toronto, New Jersey and then ending his final moments with the Predators this season. Parenteau drafted in 2001 by the Anaheim Ducks in the ninth round, at age 35 announces his retirement. Parenteau was definitely a player that had the skill set and ability to play in a teams top six, bottom six forward mix but not many teams gave him a chance and ever committed to him long term, which left the playmaking right winger always trying to land a spot on many NHL rosters. At 35-years-old Parenteau commits to leaving the NHL behind him as he starts a new chapter in his life.
Philipp Grubauer trade news
The Capitals did come out the other day and say that they are fully committed to trading Philipp Grubauer and have been in conversation with the two most interested teams. The Hurricanes and Islanders. The Hurricanes will look to acquire Grubauer to make sure they can afford to send off Scott Darling. Now if Grubauer does go to Carolina he will most certainly replace Darling, who spent just one season with Carlina starting in 41 games posting a 13-21-7 record with a 3.18 GAA(goals against average) and .888 SV percentage(save percentage). From the likes of it, Darling did not fit well in the starting role and it seems Carolina is in no position to wait for Darling to find his groove. Which is their reasoning probably to go after Gruabuer who is coming off his best year since coming into the NHL, starting in 28 games posting a 15-10-3 record, a 2.35 GAA and .923 SV percentage. And as we all know the Islanders situation, with Jaroslav Halak and Tomas Greiss failing miserably last season and being one of the many reasons the Islanders bombed out this season. The Islanders are in need of a starting goaltender. With Greiss signed for the next two years and Halak becoming a UFA July 1st, the Islanders are actively pursuing Grubauer. The price for the 26-year-old backup goaltender is unknown.
Grubauer is a 4th round pick, has started in a total of 79 games in his 6 years in the league and has yet to take on a full-time starting role. From what we have seen with Scott Darling, Antti Raanta last year, sometimes back up goaltenders that are successful as the backup’s do not always make the transition well to full-time action. But the Islanders are desperate and the Hurricanes would like to get rid of Darling it seems. From both teams and what they have, Grubauer is going to get the same offer AAV wise from both teams as they both have around 27 million in cap space available. The Islanders hold the upper hand with picks wise and prospects, and both teams play in the same division as the Capitals so Grubauer knows what the teams he will be facing are like. The Islanders per say have a bright future, with Matt Barzal, Andres Lee, John Tavares and a pool of prospects upcoming. Until we hear more, we have to just wait…