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February 19, 2017 | 12:40pm ET
Isles looking to add as deadline approaches

The New York Islanders have climbed their way back into the playoff race and are looking to buy as the trade deadline nears.

Islanders Head Coach and Assistant GM Doug Weight believes his team can contend and remains in constant communication with GM Garth Snow and the management staff.

"We're in a position where we can really do something," Weight told New York Newsday. "We had a couple meetings, I talk to Snowy every day, and Claude [Loiselle, hockey operations consultant], we have our eye on the ball of what we can do and I think there's about 20 teams in our boat right now. Like any coach would say, I want to get as high as we can. Not putting pressure on anybody, but we could do something that could make our team better."

Newsday's Arthur Staple reports the team could use a "middle-six forward, possibly a center."

According to the paper, the team could potentially target the likes of Dallas Stars winger Patrick Sharp, and Arizona Coyotes forwards Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata, on the rental market.

Staple also reports the Islanders would love to acquire Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene. TFP has reported for several weeks that the Isles have been eyeing Duchene, but Colorado's price tag remains quite high.


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