Islanders Rumors: 3 Trade Candidates If Team Becomes Sellers

Andrew Fantucchio has identified three potential trade candidates for the New York Islanders as they approach the NHL trade deadline.

The Islanders currently hold a 20-17-12 record with 52 points, six points back of the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs for the first Wild Card spot.

These candidates include goaltender Semyon Varlamov, winger Simon Holmstrom, and center Brock Nelson.

Semyon Varlamov, the experienced goaltender, emerges as a valuable asset in a league with a growing demand for reliable netminders.

Despite his age and contract complexities, Varlamov's performance this season could attract potential suitors, potentially securing the Islanders a much-needed defenseman or winger in return.

Simon Holmstrom, a young and promising talent, presents an intriguing trade option for the Islanders if they decide to prioritize their long-term future over the current season.

His strong performance and remaining team control make him an appealing trade piece capable of yielding valuable returns for the franchise.

Brock Nelson, the team's top goal scorer, stands as another trade consideration, albeit less likely.

Trading Nelson, while he's still in his prime, could be a strategic move if the Islanders believe that their championship aspirations are distant.

However, the presence of Nelson's no-trade clause adds complexity to any potential trade negotiations.

As the trade deadline approaches, Islanders' GM Lou Lamoriello will need to weigh these options carefully, considering the team's immediate needs and long-term aspirations. Photo Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports