There are always ways for teams to improve in the offseason. The New York Islanders have an obvious need to improve their goaltending going into next year and there is one player that appears available that the team should be jumping all over. It sounds like the Los Angeles Kings are going to trade Jonathan Bernier this offseason and this could be a great chance for the Islanders to fix their problem right away.
A report in Newsday indicated that the Islanders are interested in making something like this happen and you can’t afford to trust Evgeni Nabokov anymore after the way he finished off the playoffs. Bernier was 9-3-1 with a 1.87 goals against average this season in Los Angeles. They already have a goaltender that will be there for a long time in Jonathan Quick. It made Bernier become available. He is only 24 years old too, and will be 25 by the time next year begins.
We have seen teams get turned around in a big way with the simple addition of a new goaltender. You can use the Columbus Blue Jackets as an example of that with Sergei Bobrovsky. I’m not suggesting that the Islanders give up the farm to pick up Bernier, but if they want to support their talented offense, they need a goalie that can stop pucks on a regular basis in a big situation.
I truly believe that Bernier is the player to make that happen. There are a lot of teams who are also interested in Bernier so this is going to be easier said than done, but the Islanders should be right there along with the other interested parties.