Trade target for Isles

Another awful November has brought on some serious, looming decisions for the wayward Islanders as they find themselves at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. Should Islanders coach Jack Capuano be replaced? Who could help bolster a battered Islanders blue line?

ESPN.com's Craig Custance tackles those issues and more in his Insider blog (subscription required), noting that both New York's Michael Del Zotto and Florida's Dmitry Kulikov are appealing options for an Islanders defensive corps currently without Lubomir Visnovsky, Brian Strait and Thomas Hickey.

From the Islanders perspective, Newsday's Arthur Staple delves a little further into the Del Zotto issue, suggesting that any reluctance on either team's part to trade with a hated division rival is short-sighted and ludicrous. Read more on his take here.