Staple mentioned that the team has shown interest in Johnny Boychuk from the Bruins. Boychuk, going into the final year of his contract would fit the Islanders like a glove. Boychuck brings a lot of elements severely lacking on the Islanders blue line right now including but not limited to size and snarl. Standing at 6'2 225 Boychuk would be the biggest Islanders defenseman depending on if Griffin Reinhart makes the team or not. After being a team of puckmoving defensemen and stick checkers for a while now it will be nice to get some size and snarl in there.
Unlike some guys who are on the bigger side, Boychuk isn't afraid to use his body either. He is also a right handed shot which is something the Islanders lack on the blue line with Travis Hamonic being their only right shot defenseman right now.