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02-12-2013, 12:46 PM
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The only trades that can happen before the deadline are:

All are in final year of their deal and can all help a playoff team in some way (depth, PP specialist, etc)

Nobody here will bring a return that's going to make the NYI a better team next year. MAYBE Streit. But we got Ty Wishart for Dwayne Roloson so I'm not holding my breath.

I shudder to think what this Isles defense will look like next year without Streit and Visnovsky.

Okposo has a rising salary and declining play. Even Gomez at least had a declining salary! Does he have more market value than Tim Connolly? yup. How much more? Certainly NOT a top four defenseman.

Packaging players does NOT make the value go UP, it makes it go DOWN (for the most part). It's more salary and contracts and term that most teams don't want in-season.

Are you going to deal YOUTH? Nino? what can you expect back? Nobody wants Nino for THIS YEAR though so an in-season deal (like Turris for Runblad) may happen, but won't be earthshattering NOR make the NYI any better.

The acquisition of Thomas means ONLY ONE thing, that the Islanders can shed salary and still stay above the floor. I have NO IDEA how that can help this team get better.

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