New York Islanders: Islanders potential trade deadline targets

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The New York Islanders are on of the top teams in the Eastern Conference if not the entire NHL. However, they still need to make a move or two to be considered legit contenders. Here are some potential moves to make.

Depending on how you do the math, the New York Islanders are hovering among the top three teams in the Eastern Conference and top five in the entire NHL, but yet few will consider them to be a threat to capture the Stanley Cup.

Not since Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Billy Smith suited up has the team been among the top teams in the league at this point in the season.

After nine years, the Islanders saw their leader, John Tavares pack his bags and head north to Toronto in search of his first NHL championship, leaving the team in the hands of Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey and Anders Lee.

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With the NHL Trade Deadline just a few hours away, adding a couple of valued pieces to their young core could help propel the Islanders into the same talks as the Tampa Bay Lightening, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets.

This year a number of teams have been rumored to be dangling bait as the trade deadline approaches. While it doesn’t appear as though the Islanders are ready to part with anyone on their roster, the ability to add a significant player that can improve their playoff odds could change managements mind.

Most of the names on the trade lists are potential rental players, but adding one of the following players may very well be worth the risk. With a decent amount of cap space, these rental players could very well be retained next season if their audition goes well. Let’s take a look at a few of the potential New York Islanders NHL Trade Deadline Targets.