New York Islanders Roundtable: It’s Time for the Difficult Talk
Is it time to retool or rebuild?
The answer to that question is a resounding none of the above. First off, the Islanders have a very deep farm system with a number of top prospects knocking on the door. They include Ilya Sorokin, Devon Toews, Mitchell Vande Sompel, Mathew Barzal, Michael Dal Colle and Kiefer Bellows to name a few. If the Islanders don’t make the playoffs they will at the very least add one more top prospect to this bunch.
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So, there is plenty in the cupboard. If the right trade is out there for a Matt Duchene type forward then Garth Snow should pull the trigger. That should have been done this past summer. That should have been done yesterday, and it’s still on the table until such a time as it’s done.
At the end of the day, it’s up to this group, coaching staff and management to turn this thing around. If they don’t then pending unrestricted free agents Cal Clutterbuck and Thomas Greiss will be moved at the trade deadline for the best package the Isles can get and ownership will be looking for a new GM and head coach come April.