New York Islanders: Lou Lamoriello ready to move first round pick for scoring winger; is Dustin Brown an option

Mar 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) celebrates the 3-1 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

So we know that the Islanders are in the market to replace Anders Lee who was lost for the season this month with an ACL injury. Placing him on LTIR should give the cap room necessary to make a trade for a player like Taylor Hall or a surprise suggestion from Elliotte Friedman.

NHL Rumors: Islanders ready to make a move

Lou Lamoriello keeps things pretty secretive and it’s hard to know what he may do. However, plenty of the top insiders believe he’d be willing to part with his first round pick to acquire a scoring winger. Taylor Hall has already been linked, as has a cheaper option in Kyle Palmieri. Today we got a low key add to that list.

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Feb 18, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes in the first period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Lou Lamoriello stealth watch: Dustin Brown. You know the Islanders GM wants to find someone no one has thought of. He’s a righty (injured captain Anders Lee is a lefty), but there are a lot of similarities. Goes to the front of the net, power-play threat. Holes in my theory: The Kings are playing meaningful games, and would they even want to move him? (Brown is originally from New York, although he’s incredibly attached to California.)

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The Islanders made it to the Eastern Conference Final and think they can go all the way this year. They will need more offense for sure and there’s none better than Taylor Hall (on paper). However, there’s certainly cheaper options starting to emerge that may do the trick.

Looking at Dustin Brown, he’s had quite the resurgent season with the Kings. In 29 games this season he has 14 goals and 20 points. All while averaging only 14:17 of ice time. The 36 year-old has one more year remaining on a deal worth $5.875 million. Almost a perfect replacement.

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