The New York Rangers are close to a blockbuster deal that could see the New York Islanders, Arizona Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks receive sparkle boxes, maths textbooks, video games and other high-end products that could be sold to fans in the New Year.
The latest news comes as the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers, the last two teams to trade away players in the off-season, are expected to announce a new deal.
The two-team deal would send the Islanders and Coyotes the four-year, $27 million contracts that are worth about $8 million a season, according to NHL.com.
That would give the Isles the ability to retain captain Jaroslav Halak, who signed a two-year extension in October.
The Coyotes would be able to retain defenseman Jakob Chychrun and winger Justin Williams, who both signed five-year deals last summer.
A source told ESPN.com that the Islanders, who have the second-worst record in the league, are willing to trade their second-round pick and a 2018 second-rounder in exchange for the Coyotes’ 2018 second and third-round picks, as well as the 2019 first-round draft pick.
The Islanders, however, are still trying to negotiate with the Panthers.
The Penguins are believed to be willing to accept the Coyotes 2018 first-rounder and the Hurricanes have been linked to Halak.
Halak’s departure would leave the Islanders without a captain, and would give new GM Lou Lamoriello more freedom to make moves.
The Isles have a pair of first-year head coaches, but have been trying to replace them for years.
Lamoriell also has the power to waive players, though it is unclear how he would do that if the Islanders were to trade Halak to New Jersey.
The deal is expected to be announced in New York at the end of the week.
It could be announced as early as Tuesday.