KEY ADDITIONS G Marty Biron, G Dwayne Roloson, RW Jeremy Reich, C John Tavares
KEY LOSSES G Yann Danis, C Andy Hilbert, G Joey MacDonald, LW Dean McAmmond, C Mike Sillinger
Another New York team, another injury concern. The Islanders' signing of Dwayne Roloson and Marty Biron, top goalies last season for Edmonton and Philadelphia, respectively, underscores the iffy status of franchise keeper Rick DiPietro, who has missed 98 games since signing a 15-year, $67.5 million contract in 2006. DiPietro followed hip surgery in March of 2008 with knee surgery that October, and though G.M. Garth Snow says cryptically that DiPietro's rehab is "right on track," there's no indication of when the goalie will be ready for a full-time load. By the end of preseason he had just begun to face shots in practice. "Adding Dwayne and Marty allows Rick to make sure he's 100 percent," Snow says.
Last season the Islanders allowed the third-most goals in the league, which wouldn't have been so bad had they not also been the lowest-scoring team in the East. Although the Isles have promising talent up front in 2009 top draft pick John Tavares and gritty right wing Kyle Okposo (above), there isn't a goalie in the NHL that can save them from another woeful year.