The New York Islanders are an aging team that desperately needs to overhaul their roster by moving out some of their overpaid veterans, and replacing them with younger players with more potential. The biggest weakness the Islanders have is on defense, and they really need to improve that if they are to contend next season. This is what the New York Islanders should do in the offseason.
Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made
New York Islanders trade Josh Bailey to the Nashville Predators for Eeli Tolvanen, Jeremy Lauzon, 3rd round pick '22.
If Filip Forsberg doesn't return to Nashville, the Predators should try to add a veteran winger like Josh Bailey to boost their offense.
The Islanders also trade Semyon Varlamov to the Buffalo Sabres for 4th round pick '22, 6th round pick '23. If the Sabres make the playoffs, the Islanders get a 2023 2nd-round pick.
The Islanders unload Varlamov's contract, while the Sabres get their number 1 goalie.
The Isles also trade Kieffer Bellows, Cal Clutterbuck, and 2nd round pick '22 are traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rasmus Sandin.
The Maple Leafs add some depth players and a draft pick, while the Islanders get Rasmus Sandin, a young defenseman, who hasn't been used properly.
The Islanders add 2 centers, 2 wingers, and 2 defensemen in the draft, which helps to improve their prospect pool.
New York Islanders re-sign the following Players:
Noah Dobson-5yrs/5.5M per
Rasmus Sandin-2yrs/1.7M per
New York Islanders sign the following free agents:
Rickard Rakell-4yrs/4.5M per
All Non-Roster RFAs are Re-signed
This is how the lineup looks like next season
2022-23 New York Islanders
F: B.Lambert, A.Raty, S.Holmstrom, A.Suzdalev, W.Dufour, J.Devine, L.Devlin
D: S.Forsmark, A.Koromyslov
With the moves made here, the Islanders not only have a good team now but are in better position for the future.