Last season was a roller-coaster ride for the Islanders as far as the goaltending situation was concerned. Oft-injured Rick DiPietro had some more injuries last season, so the Islanders had to rely on young guys like Kevin Poulin, Nathan Lawson and Mikko Koskinen.
Along with those three, the Isles brought back a goalie that hadn't played in the NHL for a while after being released by the Rangers, Al Montoya.
In DiPietro's absence, Montoya and Poulin proved to be the strongest netminders.
Through all this was the Evgeni Nabokov saga. After being claimed off waivers by the Islanders, Nabokov refused to report to the team.
He recently cleared the air, saying he didn't report because the Islanders were out of the playoff picture, and he had to get ready, since he hadn't skated in a while. He said by the time it'd take him to get ready, the Isles would be well out of the postseason. He said if it were the Red Wings, they'd be in the postseason for him to help out even after getting ready.
Nabokov agreed to report to the Islanders this season. It's still unclear whether Snow plans to trade him or use him but Nabokov will attend training camp for the Isles.
The frontrunners for the position will be DiPietro, Poulin, Montoya and Nabokov. So there are four solid goaltenders to help the Isles this season.
Goaltending shouldn't be an issue next season, something that has hampered them the past few years.