February 8, 2018 | 2:53pm ET
ISLANDERS WON’T SPEND ON RENTALS
Josh Bailey & John Tavares
The New York Islanders, like all teams, will be monitoring the trade market over the next two and a half weeks leading up to the trade deadline, but don’t expect them to be major players for some of the League’s top rental players.
Islanders GM Garth Snow addressed the matter, as per New York Newsday, indicating he won’t give up top picks for a pending unrestricted free agent.
“We have obviously two first-round picks, two second-round picks,” he told the paper. “We’re a team that’s right on the edge of getting in the playoffs and not being in the playoffs.
“So, are we going to at this point in time, be giving first round picks and high picks for rental players? I don’t think we’re in that position. Just doesn’t make sense.”
Injuries, as Snow noted, have played a factor in the team’s positioning, but the focus moving forward will certainly be on the club’s main players in need of contracts, such as John Tavares, Josh Bailey and Calvin de Haan.
The Islanders have a number of decisions to make this off-season, as recently indicated by TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta, but no major moves are expected prior to the trade deadline.