Garth Snow is making smart moves and proving he believes in this Islanders team. With the recent 2-year contract extension for the once-reluctant Islander, Lubomir Visnovsky, GM Garth Snow is pushing for his team to compete in the playoffs this year. Snow is also reportedly negotiating deals with forward Brad Boyes and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. We fully expect both to resign.
Less likely to be back on the Island next season is Captain Mark Streit. Rumors have it that Chicago has been showing interest in strengthening their blue line and word is Snow is already entertaining a deal that would have both Streit and Frans Nielsen heading to the windy city. I think it’s about time for John Tavares to take over the captaincy, anyway.
If Snow believes that this is in fact a playoff team, he needs to address the goaltender position this year. Nabokov has been playing lights-out recently and, should he resign, will keep a starting position. But he needs a capable backup to relieve some of the pressure going into the postseason. It should be noted that the Islanders currently have no goaltender signed for the 2013-14 season.
And the NHL trade deadline is Wednesday April 3rd.
The Islanders are now in 9th place in the East and tied with the NY Rangers with 35 points. While the Islanders spent the past week winning, the Rangers have dropped 4 of their last 5 games. The Islanders have looked hot this week, winning 3 of 4 games; their only loss of the week came at the hands of the league-leading Pittsburgh Penguins. But hey, this is the same team that just traded Jarome Iginla, Brendan Morrow, and Douglas Murray… jeez. On a weird note, Saturday marked the 3rd time in 2 years Sidney Crosby took a puck to the face against the Islanders.
The near future for the Isle looks bright. The Islanders will play 7 of their final 13 games against teams currently lower in the standings than they are. If they can pull off a couple upsets, the Islanders could very well do something they haven’t been able to do since 2007 — compete in a playoff game.