As free agency opens again in the National Hockey League today, the New York Islanders are in a tough position for recruitment. With restricted free agents to re-sign, the expensive trio of Matthew Barzal, Devon Toews, and Ryan Pulock are both dear and low-priority in comparison to others entering the market very soon. Names like Andy Greene, Derick Brassard, and Matt Martin cause heads to turn.
To a certain extent, the RFA’s can be put on hold. However, there is substantial risk of other offers making things difficult. Experts say that eventually, the New York Islanders will either need to sell their talent or assets in the future. Some predict that they will possibly have to sell both to make that needed cap room happen. As of right now they have a whopping 19 players already filling their seats, and that is a tight ship to run. Longtime fans estimate that there is a possibility of them recruiting for Patrik Laine, although this actual outcome is debatable.
Additionally, immense action is already happening on the scene around the league last night and this week. Big players have hit the scene. Names like Taylor Hall, Cory Crawford, Alex Pietrangelo and other players are about to get traded. Arthur Staple looks to be an additional target for the New York Islanders.
Brent Sutter has been named New York Islanders captain, on this day in history back in 1987, October 8th. Sutter had been drafted as the 17th out of all in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He played the majority of his NHL career on the island. Over twelve fantastic years, he totaled around 610 points through nearly 700 games and achieved the Stanley Cup in both 1982 and 1983 with the Isles. He took over as captain in 1987 when Denis Potvin gave up the job, and proceeded to be a good captain until 1991, when he was traded.