This move almost certainly comes as a result of New York’s lack of cap space but losing Toews is a blow for the Islanders. He’s still young and it looked as though he’d become a long-term fit in New York’s top-four. He has the ability to add offense and was decent in his own end through the majority of the year.
It’s probably quite likely that we see another move at some point in the near future, potentially involving the Islanders moving some of those picks along with a player on a bad contract in order to free up cap space, now that they have the draft capital to make a move.
I’ll have another article out tomorrow giving more in-depth thoughts on the trade.
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Here’s today’s poll question (results and discussion will be posted in a future article):
Thoughts on Devon Toews being traded for two second-round picks?