Rumor: New York Islanders Closing In On Another Trade

The New York Islanders started their off season by trading defenseman, Devon Toews to the Colorado Avalanche in a move that surprised many. It was obvious after the fact, the team didn't really 'want' to make the deal, but had no choice as Toews' contract was out of their ball park. Turns out the team has a few more players they can't afford.

According to Islanders insider, Arthur Staple, the team is looking to trade several players off their current roster, including Johnny Boychuk, Thomas Hickey, Andrew Ladd and Leo Komarov.

With restricted free-agents Matthew Barzal and Ryan Pulock still left to sign, and only roughly $8 million available on their books, the team keeps working the phones to send one of Boychuk, Hickey, Ladd or Komarov out of town.

At this point, Hickey or Komarov seem the most likely as Hickey is making $2.5 million for two-years and Komarov is making $3 million the next two. Hickey brings a strong skating game with two-way capabilities, meanwhile Komarov is a pain in the ass type of player, who plays physical and loves to piss off the other team.

Some teams with cap space who may be interested include the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils. Keep an eye on 'Uncle Lou' on the Island, as Lou Lamoriello is never shy to make a bold move. 

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