Metropolitan Division Trade Deadline Preview

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Jan 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek (26) checks Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley (17) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Islanders defeated the Stars 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

STANDINGS:  54 PTS, 8th Metropolitan Division, 13th Eastern Conference

PLAYOFF PROGNOSIS/ STATUS:  Outsid looking in / Seller

NEEDS:  Youth, picks & prospects

DEADLINE CAP SPACE:  Just over $59 million.

ASSETS TO DEAL:  Thomas Vanek, Andrew MacDonald

RUMORS:  With John Tavares on the shelf for the season, the Isles have thrown in the towel on any playoff hopes.  Vanek will net a large return, with Los Angeles as the most probable destination.  MacDonald will be a solid pickup for a contender, and has been mentioned in deals involving a number of teams.