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Offseason Report: New York Islanders

Aug 12, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

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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.


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


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.

Have your say

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of the Islanders’ 2012-13 outlook in the comments section.

  1. withseidelinn - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    New York offered their entire draft to Columbus, not the other way around. Columbus had the second pick, why would they offer all of their picks for the 4th overall?

    • Joe Yerdon - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Oof. Not enough caffeine when I wrote that. I’ll fix it.

    • bcisleman - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      The Columbus story is bogus. Already described as “laughably inaccurate” by an inside source. Visnovsky has been giving mixed signals as to his intentions. He may simply want to preserve what he believes is his right to control his destiny through a NTC in the event the Isles struggle and decide to move him prior to the deadline. I’d also count Milan Jurcina and Mark Eaton as among the departures.

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