NHL Rumors: Islanders Linked To 3 Forwards In Free Agency

As the NHL free agency approaches, the New York Islanders are positioning themselves for some big moves to enhance their roster. 

With GM Lou Lamoriello already making notable strides by signing European free agent Maxim Tsyplakov and securing additional draft picks through a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Islanders are preparing for an active offseason. 

Armed with a projected $7 million in cap space, Anthony Larocco of The Fourth Period has now linked them to three prominent forwards in free agency: Teuvo Teravainen, Viktor Arvidsson, and Tyler Toffoli.

Teuvo Teravainen, a versatile Finnish forward, is a standout target for the Islanders. 

After a season with 25 goals and 53 points, Teravainen's ability to play both wings would provide the Islanders with a skilled top-line option alongside Bo Horvat and Mat Barzal, as noted by Larocco.

The 29-year-old has 59 goals and 96 assists for 155 total points across 221 games over the last three seasons.

His consistent scoring and playmaking abilities would address the Islanders' need for a reliable winger to complement their star players, making him an attractive addition to their roster.

Viktor Arvidsson and Tyler Toffoli also present intriguing options for the Islanders. 

Despite an injury-shortened season, Arvidsson has demonstrated his scoring prowess with 15 points in 18 games and has the potential to return to his 30+ goal form. 

During his three seasons in Los Angeles, the 31-year-old has recorded 52 goals and 71 assists for a total of 123 points across 161 games played.

A short-term, prove-it deal could offer high rewards for the Islanders. 

On the other hand, Toffoli, one of the top goal-scorers in free agency with 33 goals last season, brings a proven track record that would instantly enhance the Islanders' scoring depth. 

Over the past three seasons, the 32-year-old has amassed 87 goals and 90 assists for 177 total points across 235 games played and four different teams.

His addition would address a critical need for the Islanders as they aim to bolster their offensive lineup for the upcoming season.

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