As owner Garth Snow has said, the new arena dilemma now will not be the top priority for him and for most of the Islanders staff. Their new priority is on this upcoming year, and the future for the hockey season has never looked brighter than it does right now. Let's put the facts out there.
- Infamous goalie Evgeni Nabokov says he WILL report to Islanders training camp in September. This said, he will have a chance to compete for a job with the Isles, although Rick DiPietro (contract for life) and Al Montoya (great job last year) look to have the spots on the Isles locked up. This means that he could be worth more in the trade market than as a goalie. Whichever way this goes, the Isles should improve because of it.
- The Islanders improved their power-play by trading for veteran forward Brian Rolston. He has one heck of a slap-shot, and he should be ready to unload it. Brian also can provide some veteran leadership to one of the youngest clubs in the NHL.
- After missing all of last year due to a fluke injury in a inter-squad game, veteran defenseman Mark Streit is coming back. We all know what he can do, and hopefully he can be a leader on and off the ice. In my mind, Mark Streit is the next captain of the New York Islanders.
This may not be something to look forward to, but if you have not heard yet, and I can't confirm if this is actually happening, but the Islanders may be getting new sweaters, as you can see below:
I don't know what to make of these, but if the Isles win while wearing then, so what?
Training camp is around the corner, and you can't have a good season without a good training camp. Let's see how this all plays out, and for now let's focus on what happens on the ice.
Lets Go Islanders!!!