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Isles Sending First-Round Pick, Grabovski to VGK

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The Islanders have a deal in place to send their first-round pick to Vegas to steer the expansion franchise toward selecting a designated player off the Isles? unprotected list, two NHL sources confirmed to Newsday on Monday.


The player designated for selection is still unknown, though clearly the goal for general manager Garth Snow is to clear some salary-cap space to upgrade the team?s roster before next season.


The deal also includes a third piece going to Vegas. There is a strong possibility that it would be Mikhail Grabovski, who has yet to be cleared to play after suffering a concussion in March of 2016. Grabovski?s $5-million cap hit is on the books for one more season for the Islanders, who are already within $4 million and change of the coming season?s $75-million salary cap.



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They left Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Calvin de Haan unprotected. I guess, they wanna protect de Haan for the future, unload a bad contract (Grabovski) to free up some cap space and save Nelson and Strome for a bigger trade (Duchene, Eberle).


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Spot on. Isles like de Haan, he showed very good progress last year. There are probably a couple of teams that would trade a 1 for him. Nelson has value too. Could see the Isles making a bigger trade with Edm sending Hamonic west for someone to play with Tavares.

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