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Three free agents the Islanders could target

Here are three players the Islanders could target when NHL free agency opens on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Justin Williams, RW

The 35-year-old, three-time Cup winner is nicknamed
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The 35-year-old, three-time Cup winner is nicknamed "Mr. Game Seven," even though his last game with the Caps was a Game 7 loss to the Penguins in May. He was a teammate of Doug Weight's on Carolina's 2006 title team and it appears he could be had on a short-term deal, but lots of teams would love to add his veteran presence and that might drive his price too high for the Isles.

Sam Gagner, C

Had a rejuvenation in Columbus last season, posting
Photo Credit: AP / Paul Vernon

Had a rejuvenation in Columbus last season, posting a career-high 50 points. He's good on the power play (a plus for the Isles) and he's a FOT (Friend of Tavares), which never hurts. If he's willing to go short term he could be an option, but at 27, he'll have plenty of teams interested.

Patrick Wiercioch, D

Not exactly a household name, but the 26-year-old
Photo Credit: AP / David Zalubowski

Not exactly a household name, but the 26-year-old journeyman could fill a depth role on an Isles defense that a) will have plenty of raw youth and b) always seems to need depth options. Wiercioch played 57 games for the last-place Avalanche last season and might be the sort of player who could pass through waivers and come back up when needed.

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