Veteran writer Lyle Richardson in a recent piece for Bleacher Report has suggested a trade that makes a great deal of sense.
By now most of our readers are aware of the situation floating around veteran goaltender Jaroslav Halak, and the likelihood of him being traded after Islanders general manager Garth Snow made it crystal clear he was available to be moved. If you missed those earlier reports you can read a summary here.
However it's Richardson's like to another trade rumor that makes his report intriguing, he believes that the Islanders could move Halak to Carolina in exchnage for defenseman Ryan Murphy.
Carolina is one of the few teams in the National Hockey League that could afford to take on Halak's $4.5 million cap hit at this stage of the season, and furthermore they also are in need of help in goal after very poor starts from both Eddie Lack as well as veteran Cam Ward.
The move would give the Islanders a lot of flexibility, as the money coming back the other way on Murphy's contract would be significantly less at $787,500 per season, and there's still room for him to develop should the Islanders pull the trigger.
Currently the Islanders are in a three goalie system that isn't helping any of their guys get better, and any solution to this problem may be good enough to get a deal done.