Friedman’s thoughts on Islanders, trade deadline

Lou Lamoriello may have something up his sleeve on the trade front before Monday.

Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek shared sentiments on 31 teams ahead of the trade deadline in their latest 31 Thoughts: The Podcast, which was recorded Wednesday and released overnight Thursday.

Here are the key highlights from Friedman on the Islanders:

“What’s one of the lines - the surest predictor of future performance is past performance, right” reiterated Friedman. “So if you look at Lou Lamoriello’s history, when does he go for it - when he thinks he has a team that’s good enough to win. I think they think their team is good enough to win.

“... I really think that they will go for it with someone. I think they’re in on Duchene. I think they’re definitely in on Panarin. Someone said to me his Plan C might be Kovalchuk, although Kovalchuk has control.

“... I would be surprised if they didn’t do something. I would.”

Duchene is wrapping up a five-year, $30 million contract, and can become a UFA this summer.

Panarin is in the final season of a two-year, $12 million pact, and seems headed to UFA waters July 1.

Kovalchuk is in the first season of a three-year, $18.75 million contract, which contains a no-move clause.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly