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February 11, 2017 | 11:25am ET
Islanders remain in hunt for top-line winger

The New York Islanders are still looking to improve their team's offensive game, but it doesn't sound like the club is overly interested in a short-term fix.

According to multiple reports, the Islanders would still rather pursue a top-line winger with term left on his deal than enter the rental market with the trade deadline two and a half weeks away.

The Isles have expressed interest in Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, who plays both center and left wing, and it's believed they continue to kick tires on his availability.

Duchene, 26, has two-years left on his contract after this season at a salary cap hit of $6 million.

Islanders GM Garth Snow has been tasked with trying to find a proven top-line scorer to play with captain John Tavares, despite his current linemates, Anders Lee and Josh Bailey, playing well alongside him.

It's unclear which other wingers the Isles have been targeting, though other teams have inquired about Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane and Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk, both of whom have one-year left on their respective contracts.


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