February 26, 2019 | 11:59am ET
ISLANDERS STAND PAT, WERE AGGRESSIVE
Lou Lamoriello, GM
The New York Islanders failed to complete a major acquisition ahead of the trade deadline, but GM Lou Lamoriello refused to pay a high price for some of the top available players.
Lamoriello and his staff had scoured the market for options up front and expressed interest in a variety of top-tier players leading up to Monday’s 3pm ET deadline.
According to sources with knowledge to the situation, the Islanders had expressed significant interest in Mark Stone and had discussed the possibility of an eight-year extension, but both the cost of the player and the price of his new deal were not something the Isles were prepared to commit to.
As part of the parameters of a trade discussed between the two clubs, a first-round draft pick and forward Anthony Beauvillier were believed to be part of a package, had a trade been agreed upon.
Stone, of course, was traded by the Ottawa Senators to the Vegas Golden Knights for defenceman Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round draft pick, and agreed to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension that will be made official March 1.
The Islanders were also believed to have interest in the likes of Minnesota Wild centre Eric Staal, now-former Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds, and Florida Panthers sniper Mike Hoffman, among others.
Lamoriello had explored multiple options, but ultimately chose to stand pat and not give in to some of the high-prices demanded by multiple teams.
The Islanders did, however, sign veteran defenceman Dennis Seidenberg to a one-year, pro-rated $700,000 contract over the weekend.