3 is a crowd
With the trade freeze ending, speculation is that the NY Islanders will not keep three goalies on their roster for much longer.
The easiest way to correct the situation would be to send Rick DiPietro back to the minors, however it is also apparent that the Islanders want to get a good look at him or showcase him so that they can justify the trades they made a few years back sending Luongo and Weekes away. They are also 3 games under .500 and several points out of a playoff position. If they want to make a move, now is the time.
The Boston Bruin scouts have again been seen trailing DiPietro around, especially in his two starts. They would love to bring the beantown boy back home. Supposedly, they are offering Kyle McClaren and another player to make this happen.
The St. Louis Blues scouts have also been mentioned as been seen at Islander games recently, supposedly taking a good look at Chris Osgood. Osgood is used to the central division and would provide St. Louis a good goalie tandem. With the Blues recently dumping Barrasso, this speculation might be true. I think this would be the best option for the Isles depending on what St. Louis offers because it would allow DiPietro to get a fair shot at becoming the number 1 goalie while having an experienced Garth Snow to tutor him if he falters, and it would rid the Isles of about $2 million in salary considering the season is about half over depending on what the Isles get back.
Speaking of Garth Snow, Vancouver is said to be looking to bolster their goaltending situation and have made inquiries into reacquiring Snow, however Snow does not make that much and hasn’t played a lot, so I don’t think the Isles would get much back. I don’t think anything will happen with this rumor. This would make a 2 headed monster of DiPietro and Osgood fighting for time. Eventually that would wear thin because both deserve to be number 1 goalies.
If the Islanders were to move Snow, I would package him and a solid prospect (Raffi Torres or Trent Hunter) to Buffalo for Mirolslav Satan. Buffalo needs to acquire veteran goaltending which Snow would provide at a relatively cheap cost and reduce their overall cost to help the sale of their franchise go through. Satan wants to leave and could become a restricted free agent at years end. If that were to happen, Buffalo would be stuck because no team is going to unload a ton of talented cheap prospect or picks for a player to keep Buffalo within the league mandated salary structure and Buffalo can’t take on tremendous salary to acquire a solid veteran. So a package of a young almost NHL ready player and a goalie for a player who wants to leave and would reduce payroll is a good move. The Islanders could then pair Satan with Yashin and Weinhandl producing a scary number 1 line.
What do you think?