It’s New York Islanders day on PHT


Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, we move along with the New York Islanders.

For the fifth season in a row (and six of the last seven), the Islanders fell far from a postseason berth. They also remained last in the Atlantic Division for a fifth consecutive year.

The Isles were pesky here and there last season, but again, it was mostly “business as usual.”

John Tavares topped all Isles scorers with 81 points while Matt Moulson quietly continues to be one of the league’s best-kept-secret snipers, yet the Isles let playmaker P.A. Parenteau walk in free agency.

The team’s biggest offseason move isn’t quite official at this time, as Lubomir Visnovsky is fighting to nullify a trade that would bring him to Long Island.

If Lubo gets his way, the Islanders’ biggest move was adding Brad Boyes for the bargain price of $1 million.

Once again, the Islanders hope to improve from within. We’ll study their chances of doing so today at PHT.