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Islanders stand pat

 No moves for the Islanders before the roster freeze an hour ago.

This doesn't mean it was for lack of trying as I'm sure Garth Snow was busy today. Why?

Because with the position the Islanders are in right now, they will be looking to move at least a couple of guys by the trade deadline.

1. Andy Sutton

At this point their most valuable and tradeable commodity, Sutton is a player that any team looking to make a playoff run wants. He's big, he's smart, and is having a great season. I think the Islanders will give Sutton an idea of what they can offer him to stay by the trade deadline, but that he'll yield too high of a return for them to keep him. 

2. Dwayne Roloson

Probably the most interesting among their moveable assets. Roloson prioritized stability and security (he has two school-aged children he doesn't want to uproot constantly) and signed with NY because they gave him a 2-year deal. While Roloson had an outstanding first half of the year, he's had his starts cut back as Rick DiPietro returned to health. Roloson has played extremely well and also has the benefit of playoff experience. The Islanders have received interest in him, but it's a matter of whether they think it's wise to part with a guy that's been such a stabilizing source for them this year.

3. Martin Biron

It's no secret the Islanders have been trying to move Biron, but as I've said before, goaltenders are a tough commodity to trade. Had the Islanders received what they were looking for--likely a second-rounder--Biron wouldn't still be here. Biron has had an invaluable effect in the Islanders room this year and has provided them with pretty good goaltending (although his record doesn't prove it), so if the Islanders decide to move Roloson, I could see Biron sticking around.

4. Richard Park

Park is a bit of a dark horse in this category, but make no mistake, he has garnered interest as well. His plus/minus rating has no bearing on his effectiveness as a player. He's built himself a very good reputation in his years in the league as a valuable, hard-working, high-energy guy. Don't count him out.

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