As a long time Islanders fan, I was very pleased with the team's decision to select John Tavares as the number 1 draft pick. There is hope for the future. However, the team should not be satisfied. I was very disappointed in the free agent signings by the team.
I am quite concerned at how many goaltenders that Islanders have picked up in the last week. In the draft last week, the Islanders selected 2 goalies. And, then the Islanders signed 2 more goalies as free agents. Dwayne Roloson is a good signing and a solid goalie. But, my question to the team is, what is the status of Rick DiPietro? This was the goalie of the future for the next 15 years. Where is he? Why is the team stockpiling goalies? With the amout of goalies the Islanders picked up in the last week, I think the team is preparing for a season without Rick DiPietro. If this is true, this will be 1 of the worst draft picks the Islanders ever made. More importantly, the Islanders decision to sign DiPietro to a 15 year contract is 1 of the worst contracts in sports history.
The Islanders have an opportunity to make progress this season with their young players. However, I would have liked to see the team make a big signing in the free agent market with either a forward or defenseman. I think that the team should have really made an effort to sign Mike Komasarek. The defenseman is from Long Island, and would have fit well with this team.
The 2009-2010 season will be about progress for the Islanders. The progress of John Tavares will be watched closely by management and fans alike. But, the more concerning issue will be the health progress of its goaltender, Rick DiPietro. If he can't come back, you can call his 15 year contract a bust!