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How New York Islanders can become Contenders this Season

The New York Islanders missed the playoffs last season, and they didn't really do anything in the offseason to improve the team. In order for the Islanders to be a contender this season, they will need to make some moves to improve the team. This is how the New York Islanders can become a Contender this season.



Before the season, the Islanders make two trades

New York Islanders trade Josh Bailey, Kieffer Bellows, 2023 2nd round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Ritchie and a 2023 3rd round pick.

The Islanders and Coyotes basically swap Bailey and a 2nd round pick for Gostisbehere and 3rd round pick, as well as Kieffer Bellows for Nick Ritchie.

The Islanders also trade Semyon Varlamov to the Vegas Golden Knights for Laurent Brossoit, 2024 2nd round pick.

The Golden Knights acquire a proven veteran goalie, who can help them while Robin Lehner is out this season.


At the Trade Deadline, One major trade is made

New York Islanders trade Simon Holmstrom, Nick Ritchie, Robin Salo and a 2025 1st round pick to the St.Louis Blues for Vladimir Tarasenko.

The acquisition of Vladimir Tarasenko gives the Islanders a star winger to put alongside Mat Barzal.


This is how the lineup looks like after the Trades




A.Lee-M.Barzal-V.Tarasenko

A.Beauvillier-B.Nelson-K.Palmieri

Z.Parise-JG.Pageau-O.Wahlstrom

M.Martin-C.Cizikas-C.Clutterbuck


A.Romanov-N.Dobson

A.Pelech-R.Pulock

S.Gostisbehere-S.Mayfield


I.Sorokin

L.Brossoit


This team looks like a legit contender not only for this season, but for the next few years if they re-sign Vladimir Tarasenko.

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