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December 11, 2016 | 11:53am ET
Isles looking for top winger
TheFourthPeriod.com

The New York Islanders did not expect to be sitting last in the Metropolitan Division by December 11, but that's where they rank with an 11-11-5 record.

Sitting fifth-last in the NHL, presently, the struggles are real in Brooklyn, where management is exploring multiple roster options and ownership evaluates bringing in a top executive to run the ship.

Multiple sources have told TFP that the futures of head coach Jack Capuano and GM Garth Snow hinder on this season's performance, and with two months of the season already behind us, management is exploring ways of improving the current roster and finding a winger to play alongside John Tavares.

A priority for the Islanders organization is keeping Tavares long-term, which means giving him reasons to sign an eight-year contract extension with the club as early as July 1, 2017.

Tavares, 26, has one-year left on his current contract, beyond this season, and the Isles want to make sure they have him in uniform as long as possible.

However, the club has struggled to find him a winger with whom he can have long-term success, and that is something Snow and his staff continues to search for.

The Isles signing of Andrew Ladd in the off-season has been an offensive disaster, thus far, as the 30-year-old has picked up just three goals and three assists in 27 games.

It's unclear whom the Islanders are dangling as trade bait, but they have been quietly making calls.

One player the Isles are believed to have interest in is Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, who plays both center and the wing.

Duchene, 25, has two-years left on his contract after this season at an annual salary cap hit of $6 million.

The Avs, sitting last in the NHL, are reportedly entertaining multiple calls for a number of their players, including Duchene, though a trade is not believed to be imminent.

 
 
 

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