Offseason Report: New York Islanders

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From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

34-37-11, 79 points. 14th in Eastern Conference, fifth in Atlantic Division.

Additions

Lubomir Visnovsky (trade – maybe?), Brad Boyes, Eric Boulton, Matt Carkner

Departures

P.A. Parenteau, Jay Pandolfo, Steve Staios (retirement), Al Montoya

2012 Draft

First round, fourth overall — Griffin Reinhart (D – Edmonton – WHL)

Looking back

It was another frustrating season for the Isles and their fans. While there were bright spots in the play of John Tavares, P.A. Parenteau, and Travis Hamonic there was frustration in goal as their three-headed monster all dealt with injuries. Rick DiPietro again couldn’t avoid problems while both Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya had their issues as well.

Health, a lack of depth, poor defense, and being in a brutal division conspired to bury the Isles at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division.

Looking forward

The offseason has been typically dramatic as well for the Isles. They acquired Lubomir Visnovsky from Anaheim at the NHL Draft but now he filed a grievance and doesn’t want to go to Long Island. Perhaps GM Garth Snow should’ve offered Columbus more than their entire draft for the second overall pick to really sweeten the pot.

While they lost Parenteau to Colorado via free agency, they’re taking a chance on Boyes unlocking old potential playing with Tavares. Matt Carkner should add enough spice to their rivalry with the Rangers to cause a fuss.

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