The offseason for the New York Islanders is going to be filled with a lot of questions that start with ‘what if’. What if the team could have had better goaltending from day one? What if there was more offense there to support the efforts of John Tavares? It is those kinds of questions that need to be answered before next season begins.
Tavares is a great player, no questions asked, but how much more can you ask out of him? He will be 23 years old when next season begins and is coming off a season where he scored 28 goals in 48 games and added 19 assists along the way. He tacked on another five points in six games during the playoffs. You need more than a one-man band to be successful in the NHL. The goaltending issues seemed to be cleared up when Evgeni Nabokov turned his season around. He was awful in the playoffs though with a 4.44 goals against average.
The Islanders need to make some moves in the offseason to fix those two problems, and I still think a goaltender is needed. There will be thoughts of trading for Roberto Luongo. That could be a good solution, but it isn’t the best solution probably as his contract is too long to handle. I would try my best to pick up one of the free agent forwards as well to go with Tavares. It is going to cost quite a bit of money, but this team is very close to doing something big. The Islanders may just be one or two moves away from a big 2013-14 season.