I'm back from my month long hiatus. My last articles were about potential remaining free agents that the Islanders could still be targeting. None of them were signed.
As the calender has changed to September, it is very clear that barring a trade, the Isles will not make any more additions to their current roster, so love it or hate it, these are your 2009-10 NY Islanders.
There are things that I like and dislike about the roster as it currently is.
I like what Snow did with his signings this summer.
By signing Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron, the Isles have plenty of insurance in net in the event Rick DiPietro can't play this season. These two signings also allow DiPietro to rehab slowly and not try and rush back and risk another serious set back.
Roloson and Biron are huge upgrades over the departed Joey MacDonald (Toronto) and Yann Danis (New Jersey). Roloson and Biron will keep the Isles in many more games then they were in last season, and will greatly help the team be more competitive this season.
Biron is also signed to a cheap one year deal. So if and when DP is ready to come back, Snow has a nice trading chip in his back pocket to use to acquire a draft pick or prospect, regardless if the Isles are in the playoff race or not.
My issue with Snow is what he did not do this summer.
This team lacks a true enforcer to protect all the younger players like John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, and Frans Neilson.
They do have some guys willing to drop the gloves such as Tim Jackman and Nate Thompson, but neither of these guys will make another team think twice about taking a run at any of the Isles youngsters.
This could come back to haunt Snow, if God forbid someone does take a run at a guy like Tavares and Tavares and they get injured.
My other issue with Snow is that he did not go after Alex Tanguay.
I understand that the Isles are rebuilding, and I'm all for the rebuild, but that does not mean that you can't sign a younger free agent like Tanguay to improve the roster.
There will be tons of pressure on Tavares and Okposo in particular to score goals. Tanguay is a guy who could have helped alleviate some of that pressure.
If Tavares and Okposo struggle, Snow may come to regret not bringing in a veteran who has some scoring ability to help take some pressure off of JT and KO.
Only time will tell once the season gets underway if Snow made the right or wrong decisions to not bring in a veteran scorer and a heavy weight enforcer.
In the coming weeks leading up to opening night, I'll have some articles breaking down the Isles roster on offense, defense, and in goal.