NY Islanders News

Isles Get Al Montoya From Phoenix And Some Other Random Thoughts

By John Panarese

It was pretty obvious Garth Snow was going to have to try to grab a goaltender or somehow acquire one.  With Kevin Poulin out for the remainder of the season with a dislocated knee, the Evgeni Nabokov mess,  and Rick DiPietro on the IR for 4 to 6 weeks, the goaltending situation was a bit uncomfortable.  Thus, Al Montoya is now an Islander in exchange for a 6th round 2011 pick, coming over from the Phoenix Coyotes.

Maybe, he’s not the perfect solution, but the former first round pick of the New York  Rangers in 2004 should be good enough to get us through the rest of the season.  He had 5 previous NHL starts with the Coyotes and had an 11-8 record and a 3.19 GAA with the  San Antonio Rampage of the AHL in 21 games this season.  He’s 25 years old, and has been assigned to Bridgeport.

In other Islander news, Jeremy Colliton  has an injured rib, and will be out for 2 weeks, according to the Islanders website.  Jesse Joensuu has been recalled from Bridgeport on an emergency basis.

It’s non-Islander related, but I happened to catch the Verses Wednesday night hockey game between the Bruins and Canadians.  Man, was that an entertaining little tilt.  Yeah, I know the more faint of heart and the “hockey is too violent” crowd  probably would have turned their collective noses up at the number of fights and serious hitting, but to me, it was good old fashion, smash mouth hockey.  It was nice to see an original six rivalry on display as well as a divisional matchup like that, and to see both teams show a lot of fire throughout the game.  Yes, hockey is a game of emotion and passion, and that was quite an entertaining example for sure.

Hopefully, from this Islander fan’s perspective, Boston softened up the Habbies a bit for us tonight.  No offense, Canadian fans, but I can’t deny having you guys beat up a bit with a back to back against us was a nice side benefit, considering that we can use all the help we can get…..

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