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As usual, the Islanders did not make any blockbuster free agent signings this offseason, but GM Garth Snow did take steps to improve the team's defense, scoring and tried to make them a little tougher to play against.
The big loss was top-line winger P.A. Parenteau, who signed with Colorado. The Islanders also said goodbye to some depth players who didn't quite work out like Steve Staios, Mark Eaton and Jay Pandolfo.
The additions were designed to address specific needs. Winger Eric Boulton and defenseman Matt Carkner will make the Isles tougher while defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, acquired in a draft-day trade with the Ducks, should help provide puck moving skills and help with the power play.
Visnovsky has filed a grievance with regard to the trade, claiming he has a no-movement clause in his contract that was still in tact and has asked that the trade be voided. That can't make the Isles happy, although eventually, Visnovsky should join the club.
Brad Boyes was brought in on a one-year deal to fill Parenteau's shoes. Boyes had an off year last season but is looking to bounce back. The Isles will give him an opportunity and top six minutes.