Had some minor problems, but am now back. Since I've been gone, the Islanders have drafted Tavares, signed three AHL players, and brought in Dwayne Roloson for two years to backup Rick DiPietro. The question now remains: Now what?
With Philly, Pitt, and the Rangers stocking up on some hitters and toughness, the Islanders will look, small, and beatable. An enforcer type player may be needed. If that does happen, then possibly a 7th defenseman may not be needed. But that's why Snow signed a few AHL players with somewhat of a mean streak. They could just be called up when needed.
The goalie situation looks good for this year, as long as our starter stays healthy. The defense lost Thomas Pock, which could be addition by subtraction. Look for the Islanders to make a move, possibly in training camp to replace him.
Now for the forward position: Snow has already stated that most of this team's lineup will not change. The only question marks will be that of Jon Sim, Nate Thompson, and possibly Blake Comeau. With Tavares being drafted, we can say goodbye to Hilbert. Unless the Islanders make another FA signing for a third line winger, expect most to be back.
More to come as this weekend winds down, and we can see who is left.