Lou Lamoriello desperately needed to acquire talent to improve the Islanders‘ chances of making the playoffs and excelling once they got there. He addressed this matter over two trades, both of which were successful up to this point. The Islanders forfeited draft picks for two players who could currently make an impact on the island.
The first of which was Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Pageau was arguably the best performer on the Islanders during the playoffs. It is unlikely the Isles would have made it to the Eastern Conference Finals without him, so he was well worth a 2020 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick, and a conditional 2022 third-round pick. Pageau certainly steals the spotlight from another good pickup by Lamoriello, Andy Greene.
What Did Each Side Receive?
The New Jersey devels received a 2021 second-round pick and defensemen David Quenneville. Greene was an excellent fit for the Islanders. First and foremost, Greene knew Lamoriello because both of them spent time working alongside each other in New Jersey. Lamoriello knew what Greene could bring to the Islanders on and off the ice. He was right and it turned out to be a great trade for the Islanders.
Greene Shines Against Philly
When the Islanders faced the Philadelphia Flyers in a second-round playoff matchup, it was the Andy Greene show in Game One. Greene fired the first goal of the series into the net to give the Islanders the lead in the series. He had 4 blocked shots in the game too. The most impressive one certainly saved a goal as he kicked the puck behind the net to make a spectacular play on defense. Jean Gabriel-Pageau also netted a goal for the Isles. It would be an understatement to say it was a good game for their recent acquisitions.
Should Lou Lamoriello and Andy Greene Reunite?
It would be great for both sides to agree to terms on a short-term deal for the aging veteran. A reasonable salary around three to five million dollars are reasonable to further Greene’s time on the Island. The Islanders defense this upcoming season cannot afford to lose three of their top-six. Devon Toews was traded to the Colorado Avalanche and Johnny Boychuk has retired. The wise general manager, in Lou Lamoriello, will likely bring Greene back on a one year deal.