Islanders Top Shelf : 5/3/14

Posted on May 3 2014 - 7:43am by Andy Graziano

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For now, the crease remains empty. Even though general manager Garth Snow did an excellent job acquiring the rights to upcoming free agent Jaroslav Halak, the fact remains that as we turn the calendar to May, the Islanders still do not have one goaltender signed that could take active duty in their crease come September.

Now of course, that statement above is a bit of an exaggeration as there is absolutely no way Snow does not get the required element necessary for survival to any hockey game.

Will it be Halak? More than likely as agent Allen Walsh has already indicated his client is interested in signing with the club and with rumors abounding about what he might be asking, fans could very well find the price cheaper than anticipated.

Who backs up is a another story. The sentimentalist in me wants to see Evgeni Nabokov return on a one year deal to possibly bridge him into a career with the organization in a coaching capacity. He is absolutely amazing to have around the locker room and brings so many intangibles. Not to mention I think he would do an adequate job playing once to twice per week as opposed to being full-time starter.

Stay tuned as I am sure there is more Islanders news to come over the next couple of weeks that will keep us interested right up until draft day.

 

In Case You Missed It

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Chris gives us his weekly 10 things he thinks he thinks about when he decides to think (Islanders Insight)

New contributor Steve with his take on if Halak is right for the Islanders (Islanders Insight)

Brent Thompson is moving on, well back but still, leaving Capuano to coach Bridgeport (Islanders Insight)

Brock Nelson wins the voting for Islanders rookie of the year (NY Islanders)

Looks like Todd McClellan will not be on the outs in San Jose (Boston Herald)

Landeskog will skip the worlds with a hand injury that he played in the first round with (All things Avs)

 

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Andy Graziano

Andy Graziano

Founder / Editor-in-chief at Islanders Insight
Andy lives in central New Jersey with his wife of 24 years and 2 children. He is a credentialed member of the New York Islanders media and founder of Islanders Insight. He played and coached the great game of hockey for over 35 years and has written for The Hockey Writers as well as Fansided.
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