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While it is not their fault, the Islanders' biggest flaw is that they are in the Atlantic Division.
Having to compete in a division with the Devils, Rangers, Flyers, and Penguins is no easy task and the Islanders have had trouble with it over the years.
The last time they didn't finish last in the division was in the 2006-07 season when they went 40-30-12 for 92 points and fourth place, finishing ahead of Philadelphia.
When taking a look at the things that the Islanders can help, their goaltending comes to mind. Their focus for the 2012-13 season needs to be on finding a goalie that can provide them with consistency.
Before the 2006-07 season started, the Islanders signed DiPietro to a 15-year, $67.5 million dollar contract. Since signing that contract, DiPietro has missed a considerable amount of time due to injuries. As they stand right now, Evgeni Nabokov is the only other goalie they have signed and while he has had a solid career, he is also 37 years old.
One way the Islanders can begin to improve is pursuing Joey MacDonald. He has played for the Islanders before and had a strong season backing up Jimmy Howard in Detroit. Now with Jonas Gustavsson in the picture, MacDonald has requested a trade as he hopes to assume more responsibility with a team.
They could also get involved in the trade talks for the Los Angeles Kings backup, Jonathan Bernier.