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2015 TRADE DEADLINE: ISLANDERS FIRESALE HEADLINES EVENTFUL DAY
March 4, 2015

If there's one common theme surrounding the New York Islanders, it's that many players have expressed a general disdain for the organization. Today, Islanders GM Garth Snow shipped out two prized players, Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner, pending UFAs still in their 20s, after both players expressed a preference to test free agency this July. Obviously, this placed Snow between a rock and a hard place, with his team currently sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference, the playoffs were a real possibility, but he refused to jeopardize the long-term sustainability of the franchise by allowing them to walk for nothing.

In return, the Islanders acquired a pair of first round picks in the upcoming draft as well as a pair of prospects who they're banking on to find their way into the line-up sooner rather than later.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were once again quiet at the deadline, with GM Mackenzie stating that he has every intention of building the team from within, a sentiment that has divided the fanbase.

The Blue Jackets currently occupy the 7th seed in the Western Conference in what is shaping up to be a very tight race, so many fans would have liked to have seen a player or two come in to help give Columbus the edge. Instead, they watched division rival Detroit acquire a top line winger, Kyle Okposo, which diminished Columbus' playoff hopes in their minds.

On the other side of the coin, the other half of the fanbase is quite content with the current roster's chances and would prefer to keep building towards the future rather than giving up long-term assets for a short-term fix.

2014-2015 Summary of NHL Trades

To FLA:
LW Mike Halmo (69 OVR GRN, 23, 3.0 yellow stars)

To NYI:
LD Ed Jovanovski (84 OVR OFD, 38)

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To SJS:
LD Eric Brewer (82 OVR DFD, 35)

To TBL:
LD Konrad Abeltshauser (68 OVR TWD, 22, 3.5 yellow stars)

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To DET:
LD Derek Morris (80 OVR DFD, 36)

To PHX:
LW Andrej Nestrasil (66 OVR PLY, 24, 2.5 yellow stars)
2016 2nd Round Pick (DET)

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To CGY:
RD Kevin Klein (81 OVR DFD, 30)
LW Ludvig Rensfeldt (64 OVR TWF, 23, 2.5 yellow stars)

To NSH:
LW Alex Tanguay (83 OVR PLY, 35)

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To OTT:
2016 1st Round Pick (WSH)
2015 3rd Round Pick (WSH)

To WSH:
G Craig Anderson (84 OVR HYB, 33)

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To ANA:
C Riley Holzapfel (79 OVR TWF, 26, 3.0 yellow stars)

To PIT:
G Jason LaBarbera (79 OVR HYB, 35)

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To NSH:
C Olli Jokinen (84 OVR PWF, 36)

To WPG:
LW Juuso Ikonen (69 OVR SNP, 20, 3.5 yellow stars)
C Shawn O'Sullivan (58 OVR TWF, 20, 2.5 yellow stars)

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To CGY:
LW Phillip Danault (64 OVR TWF, 22, 3.5 yellow stars)
LW Alvin McBride (58 OVR PWF, 19, 2.5 yellow stars)

To CHI:
LD Brad Stuart (84 OVR DFD, 35)

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To CAR:
2016 1st Round Pick (COL)

To COL:
LW Jeremy Welsh (78 OVR SNP, 26, 3.5 yellow stars)

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To MIN:
LW Wojtek Wolski (82 OVR SNP, 29)

To PIT:
RW Cal Clutterbuck (78 OVR GRN, 27)
2015 3rd Round Pick (MIN)

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To NYI:
2015 1st Round Pick (NYR)

To NYR:
RW Michael Grabner (83 OVR SNP, 27)

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To DET:
RW Kyle Okposo (87 OVR PWF, 26, 4.5 yellow stars)
2015 3rd Round Pick (NYI)

To NYI:
RD Ryan Sproul (64 OVR TWD, 22, 3.5 yellow stars)
G Petr Mrazek (68 OVR HYB, 23, 3.5 yellow stars)
2015 1st Round Pick (DET)

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To COL:
RD Brandon Archibald (67 OVR DFD, 22, 3.0 yellow stars)

To WSH:
LW Calder Brooks (53 OVR PLY, 20, 3.5 yellow stars)

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