Don't Even Raise Possibility Of Ilya Sorokin To New Jersey Devils

We saw some asking whether Ilya Sorokin might be available to the New Jersey Devils this offseason. He won't be, so don't even consider it.
New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

Every single goalie that has been floated as even remotely being available has been tied to the New Jersey Devils. Everyone from Juuse Saros to Marc-Andre Fleury has been at least floated as an option. Now, there are many Devils fans hoping to get one of those very top options to fix the goaltending issue for good. Of course, there were ties to the likely Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck last offseason, but that ship has sailed.

The other top options in the league include a guy who plays for the New York Rangers (so that's obviously out), an untouchable superstar in Tampa, a fantastic duo in Boston (which actually could be attainable), and of course, there's Ilya Sorokin on the Island. However, with the Islanders down 0-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes, they made a bold move.

Now, the Islanders are facing an 0-3 deficit to one of the more talented teams in Carolina. The series feels all but over. The Islanders made a nice run under Patrick Roy, and he's likely going to be the head coach there full-time. Would the Islanders really consider a move where they "chose" a coach over their starting goalie?


We know how much the Devils fans want a superstar in net, but there's no world where Sorokin is available. Lou Lamoriello has to know his best chance to bring another championship to Long Island is with Sorokin in net.

Wild things can happen in the NHL offseason, but this one isn't even worth talking about. The Islanders signed Sorokin to an eight-year deal last offseason, paying him just $8.25 million per season. They also have Semyon Varlamov signed through 2027. This goalie tandem is in place, and this is going to take the Islanders wherever they are going to go.

Unfortunately for the Devils, superstar goalies often aren't made available. There are the occasional additions, but it's usually when a team takes major risks. There won't be a sure thing, and that's why the Devils are still paying for Mackenzie Blackwood failing here.