The New York Islanders are believed to have made defencemen Nick Leddy and Thomas Hickey available for trade.
- During “Off The Rush” on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on Saturday, Pagnotta reported both Leddy and Hickey are up for grabs and the Islanders are shopping them.
- Both blueliners could be traded as the Isles look to add more scoring punch.
- Leddy’s deal is for another three seasons at $5 million per year and Hickey’s contract is $2.5 million a season for the next three years.
- Leddy played big minutes for the Islanders this year and despite a drop in production, he’s consistently been good for producing offensively.
- Something difficult with Leddy though is that he’s a left-side defenseman, which are a bit easier to come by.
- The Islanders will almost certainly be looking for a forward who can help right now, versus prospects or picks.
- As for the return, it’s realistic to expect someone who would slot in as a number four, five or six forward on the team, in terms of ability to produce.
- The Islanders took calls on Leddy during the season, but held on to him. It’s believed GM Lou Lamoriello will explore his options this summer, as a move might be mutually beneficial for both parties.
— Saad Hassan (@Skillocity) June 9, 2019
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