NHL Trade Rumors: NY Islanders Expected to Make Another Trade

New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello has already been busy this offseason, trading down in the upcoming draft to gain another second-round pick. Turns out Uncle Lou is far from done.

There's growing speculation the Islanders are in the market to move out a bad contract and Lamoriello could certainly be looking to send out one of his higher draft picks to make it happen, much like we saw when he dealt Josh Bailey to the Chicago Blackhawks last season.

Hockey insider Frank Seravalli has listed Jean-Gabriel Pageau as a potential target. Pageau has two years left on his contract at $5 million per season and the 31-year-old forward owns a 16-team modified no-trade clause. 

Pageau appeared in all 82 regular season games last season for the Isles, recording  11 goals and 33 points on the year. He added two more points in four playoff games. 

The Islanders are currently projected to have only $6.2 million in cap space to work with this offseason, meanwhile need to sign at least five players. The math is not adding up and there's plenty of reason to speculate on what the Islanders could be up to this summer. Another potential trade candidate could be goaltender Ilya Sorokin, who could fetch a significant amount on the trade market and also allow for Lamoriello to rid himself of another expensive contract.

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