3) Trade expansion-eligible players
Trimming the fat, so to say.
It’s no secret that the Islanders will likely get picked apart in the upcoming NHL expansion draft.
Former Islanders executive George McPhee was named first-ever GM of the Vegas Golden Knights in the summer.
McPhee only spent one year with the Islanders in 15-16 but he knows the players well enough to know who would fit in his vision for the Knights and a reliable pick offensively or defensively can really help his team.
The Islanders will likely look to keep Pulock, so realistically deHaan and Hickey are the two odd-men-out when it comes to players who are to be retained.
A viable suitor for the excess defense will likely be sent out if a trade is made for Tavares’ winger. Colorado is in need of defense and would likely relish an opportunity to strengthen their blue line with young defensemen.