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Ben Shelley
Joined: 03.12.2019

Jun 22 @ 12:25 PM ET
Ben Shelley: Free agency could be Islanders’ best path to add a top forward
IBleedBlu1
Season Ticket Holder
St Louis Blues
Location: St Louis, MO
Joined: 06.10.2014

Jun 22 @ 12:57 PM ET
Don't be surprised if Lou and Doug Armstrong finally pull of a trade for Tarasenko. $7.5M on year hit but actual salary for this year is $5.5M, where else are you going to get a 34 goal scorer and 82 point production? I could see Barzal or Martin along with Mayfield to the Blues! Lou will be able to get Tarasenko to sign a new contract since he wants NY area!
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 22 @ 1:02 PM ET
Don't be surprised if Lou and Doug Armstrong finally pull of a trade for Tarasenko. $7.5M on year hit but actual salary for this year is $5.5M, where else are you going to get a 34 goal scorer and 82 point production? I could see Barzal or Martin along with Mayfield to the Blues! Lou will be able to get Tarasenko to sign a new contract since he wants NY area!
- IBleedBlu1


Barzal AND Mayfield for one guaranteed season of Tarasenko?

Pray tell good sir, where do the Isles go next for a 1C and top 4 RD, seeing as how they just traded them away?
hello it's me 2050
Location: AR
Joined: 05.14.2021

Jun 22 @ 1:03 PM ET
Any interest in JVR at 50% retention? Short term 1 year deal. 24 goal scorer on a weak flyers team....
eichiefs9
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 11.03.2008

Jun 22 @ 1:38 PM ET
Don't be surprised if Lou and Doug Armstrong finally pull of a trade for Tarasenko. $7.5M on year hit but actual salary for this year is $5.5M, where else are you going to get a 34 goal scorer and 82 point production? I could see Barzal or Martin along with Mayfield to the Blues! Lou will be able to get Tarasenko to sign a new contract since he wants NY area!
- IBleedBlu1



You may want to get your eyes checked if that's what you could see
eichiefs9
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 11.03.2008

Jun 22 @ 1:38 PM ET
Any interest in JVR at 50% retention? Short term 1 year deal. 24 goal scorer on a weak flyers team....
- hello it's me 2050

No but I'd swap him 1-for-1 for Bailey...maybe
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 22 @ 1:39 PM ET
Any interest in JVR at 50% retention? Short term 1 year deal. 24 goal scorer on a weak flyers team....
- hello it's me 2050


Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 22 @ 1:40 PM ET
No but I'd swap him 1-for-1 for Bailey
- eichiefs9


Torterella and Bailey. What a match.
eichiefs9
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 11.03.2008

Jun 22 @ 1:43 PM ET
Torterella and Bailey. What a match.
- Wildschwein

Yeah I kind of amended that thought. It wouldn't be the worst thing ever but ideally we'd just trade Bailey for picks and/or prospects and get the full relief from his $5M salary

edit: after some minor research, I'm now rescinding my entire comment.
Cptmjl
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.05.2011

Jun 22 @ 1:45 PM ET
Don't be surprised if Lou and Doug Armstrong finally pull of a trade for Tarasenko. $7.5M on year hit but actual salary for this year is $5.5M, where else are you going to get a 34 goal scorer and 82 point production? I could see Barzal or Martin along with Mayfield to the Blues! Lou will be able to get Tarasenko to sign a new contract since he wants NY area!
- IBleedBlu1

Here we go
Cptmjl
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.05.2011

Jun 22 @ 1:47 PM ET
Torterella and Bailey. What a match.
- Wildschwein

Who wouldn’t want our playoff points leader? The guy is so cerebral.
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 22 @ 1:54 PM ET
Yeah I kind of amended that thought. It wouldn't be the worst thing ever but ideally we'd just trade Bailey for picks and/or prospects and get the full relief from his $5M salary

edit: after some minor research, I'm now rescinding my entire comment.

- eichiefs9


Fair.
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 22 @ 1:55 PM ET
Who wouldn’t want our playoff points leader? The guy is so cerebral.
- Cptmjl


He DOES step up in the playoffs. I’ll give him that.

Too bad he can’t play that way for a whole (frank)ing season.
Not_Yan
St Louis Blues
Location: it's an excellent product, easier, quicker, and even better than real mashed potatoes.
Joined: 04.19.2013

Jun 22 @ 2:15 PM ET


Barzal Dobson Sorokin 1st 2022 1st 2023 1st 2024

for Tarasenko Steen 6th round pick 2052
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 22 @ 2:48 PM ET
Barzal Dobson Sorokin 1st 2022 1st 2023 1st 2024

for Tarasenko Steen 6th round pick 2052

- Not_Yan


Don’t go giving BlueTaco any ideas.
niteislander
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 01.13.2010

Jun 22 @ 3:00 PM ET
I love when other team's fans come on here asking for Barzal..
niteislander
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 01.13.2010

Jun 22 @ 3:01 PM ET
Torterella and Bailey. What a match.
- Wildschwein


That would actually be fun to watch unfold..
eichiefs9
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 11.03.2008

Jun 22 @ 3:02 PM ET
Barzal Dobson Sorokin 1st 2022 1st 2023 1st 2024

for Tarasenko Steen 6th round pick 2052

- Not_Yan

No way Lou does this unless that's a 5th round pick in 2052
niteislander
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 01.13.2010

Jun 22 @ 3:02 PM ET
"the ideal option would be to try to move out the likes of Varlamov and Josh Bailey to create major cap space, "

At least Ben agrees with me.
kear20
New York Islanders
Joined: 07.03.2007

Jun 22 @ 3:26 PM ET
How about Bellows and Wilde to Seattle for Carson Soucy?
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 22 @ 3:31 PM ET
How about Bellows and Wilde to Seattle for Carson Soucy?
- kear20


That’s… actually an intriguing idea. 🤔
JimmyP
New York Islanders
Location: Snow has melted!
Joined: 02.12.2011

Jun 22 @ 4:15 PM ET
"the ideal option would be to try to move out the likes of Varlamov and Josh Bailey to create major cap space, "

At least Ben agrees with me.

- niteislander


Let's be realistic, the Isles would have to be on the losing end of a trade to move Bailey.
eichiefs9
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 11.03.2008

Jun 22 @ 4:32 PM ET
Let's be realistic, the Isles would have to be on the losing end of a trade to move Bailey.
- JimmyP

I don't entirely agree.

No, they're certainly not going to get any kind of valuable haul for Bailey, but he's not a useless player despite what many Isles fans want to believe.

I think the time has come to move on from him, but he has value to one of those young "bubble" kind of teams where he can go be a third line player and bring some value as a veteran with playoff experience. I could see a team like Ottawa being a really good fit for him.

ses111
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.07.2008

Jun 22 @ 4:54 PM ET
I don't entirely agree.

No, they're certainly not going to get any kind of valuable haul for Bailey, but he's not a useless player despite what many Isles fans want to believe.

I think the time has come to move on from him, but he has value to one of those young "bubble" kind of teams where he can go be a third line player and bring some value as a veteran with playoff experience. I could see a team like Ottawa being a really good fit for him.

- eichiefs9


I wonder what draft pick the Isles could get back for Bailey? Have to think a few teams can use his salary to get to the floor ad he is a veteran player with some use.
Not_Yan
St Louis Blues
Location: it's an excellent product, easier, quicker, and even better than real mashed potatoes.
Joined: 04.19.2013

Jun 22 @ 5:30 PM ET
No way Lou does this unless that's a 5th round pick in 2052
- eichiefs9


Oh. Then NO THANKS
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