30 March 2010
The Islanders lost to the New York Rangers tonight with the final score of 4-3. Since it seems most likely that the Islanders wont make the playoffs, I want to give my opinion on the team.
First off, I think the top three forwards this season are Kyle Okposo who has done a great job all around the ice but his stats may not show for it. Next, is Blake Comeau. He has improved alot over the past two seasons. It seems that he is more comfortable on the ice and is taking more shots. Last, Matt Moulson who I award the Isles MVP. Without him, the Isles would have big scoring troubles. With his stats, he will most likely be sticking around for another few seasons.
As you know, Garth Snow signed both Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron to share time in net until the return of Rick DiPietro. Roloson signed a two year deal while Biron signed a one year deal. Snow's plan was to trade Biron at the trade deadline. Well, there was a change in plans. DiPietro did make a return but only played a few games. There was great interest in both Roloson and Biron at the March 3rd trade deadline, but Snow couldn't get a good offer for any goaltender. Plus, Snow didn't want to gamble his chances of DP getting injured again and then just having one experienced goaltender.
On Defense, I think Mark Streit has been great this season and also last season. He is a great offensive defensemen and can make some great plays and even score some goals. He is definitely going to be sticking around for a while the way he has been playing. He has a goal in tonight's game and almost had two goals but his shot hit the crossbar.
The Islanders need to make some changes if they want to make a playoff run next season. I'm not saying major changes because I like the players now and they are certainly developing, but a few changes can be made in the off season.
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