The New York Islanders are an interesting team as the 2013 NHL regular season winds down. The Islanders go into Monday night’s action with a 16-16-3 record on the season and sit in a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
There are only 13 games to go for the Islanders and they need to figure out if they want to make a move to become a team that can make the playoffs this season. I think the first course of action would be to get some help for John Tavares.
There are reports out of Chicago that the Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks have been talking about a trade that would involve several players, including defensemen Mark Streit, who is probably the second-best player on the roster right now behind Tavares. His loss would be a big one, but with a team as mediocre as the Islanders have been, that trade might be good for the future.
The Islanders had won three straight games before a loss on Saturday and might not want to make a trade like that, but it could be a necessary evil. Tavares needs a ton of help offensively and the goalie situation isn’t ideal, but could be improved next season if Tim Thomas decides to play.
This is a very interesting time for the franchise and decisions made in the next week are going to impact the next three or four years. The Islanders need to make the right choices this week if they want to be a team that makes the playoffs year in and year out.