New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is vehemently working to keep Josh Bailey out of the clutches of the Seattle Kraken, a source has told NYI Hockey Now.

Ron Francis and Seattle have been eying Bailey for his leadership for the fledgling franchise, but Lamoriello and the Islanders have been trying to steer them towards taking Jordan Eberle, according to an NHL Source close to the conversations between the two teams. Seattle is so high on Bailey that if he was to be picked that giving him an “A” or even making him captain wouldn’t be out of the question.

The New York Islanders have been working to try and protect the franchise’s longest-tenured player and another NHL source indicated that a deal may be in place involving Eberle so that Seattle does not select Bailey.