By David PollakMay 18, 2019 11:19pmAfter making one move in the trade market, the New York Islanders have now acquired another one.
The Islanders, who have not won a game since October 4, will acquire the rights to the rights of defenseman Jack Johnson from the Edmonton Oilers for the remainder of the season, league sources told ESPN.
The move is part of a larger effort to clear cap space, with the team in need of a goaltender in the off-season and a player that can help bolster the blue line depth.
Johnson, who has not played since October 12, will earn $3.8 million in his new contract, according to NHLPA sources.
Johnson was traded to Edmonton after a successful season for the Edmonton Oil Kings, who had a strong season but struggled to make an impact offensively.
Johnson had two goals and five assists in 26 games with the Oilers before being traded.
The Oilers were in need at the blueline, and Johnson is likely to help in that department.
The Oilers, who won their division and have the fifth-best record in the NHL, need help on the blurt.
Johnson will not replace Sam Gagner, who was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets last month, but he could fill in for the injured Gagning.
Johnson’s contract expires after the 2019-20 season.
The Isles have four more games remaining before they will become unrestricted free agents.
They will then have to decide whether to make the next wave of roster moves to bring in a player.
The Islanders have already acquired forwards Travis Hamonic, Anthony Beauvillier, Jake Gardiner and Adam Pelech from the Winnipeg Jets for defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, a seventh-round pick and a prospect.