The recent article by Arthur Staple of Newsday is sure to shake some things up in New York, and especially in the hearts of Islanders fans. Staple has reported the Islanders’ goaltending situations “is untenable” and pointed out the ongoing struggles of the current tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss.
It's not pretty...
The two goalies combined to allow 123 goals in 36 games with no shutouts thus far this season. Staple mentioned several targets that could be useful for general manager Garth Snow to improve the situation in between the pipes. Staple listed Detroit Red Wings' Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek, Buffalo Sabres' Robin Lehner, Arizona Coyotes' Antti Raanta and Vancouver Canucks' Anders Nilsson as possible trade options for the Isles.
Mzarek's name has been mentioned several times in trade chatter and could become the number one option for the Islanders. The Wings could be willing to pick up part of his $4 million salary-cap hit, but it might be an obstacle in the road for a transaction. The Coyotes and Canucks might be unwilling to move their veteran goalies this season.
However, a tremendous option for the Islanders could be San Jose Sharks backup Aaron Dell, who is ready to become a starting netminder in the NHL. But will the Isles be willing to part with a forward to land Dell?
Many options, but also, many questions for the Islanders... To be continued.