New York Islanders Daily: No Petr Mrazek For Us

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Petr Mrazek
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Petr Mrazek /

New York Islanders fans aren’t happy because Garth Snow missed out on Petr Mrazek. The outrage is once again justified.

Jaroslav Halak has turned things around as of late, but the New York Islanders still have problems in net. The issue lies with Thomas Greiss. Before his latest shutout performance, in which he was injured, he was statically the worst goalie in the league.

With Thomas Greiss out, the Islanders decided to call up Christopher Gibson who has just four NHL games under his belt.

In the heat of a playoff race, you can’t throw someone so inexperienced in net. You also can’t ride out Jaroslav Halak, he’s going to eventually collapse due to the workload.

Petr Mrazek was available for the taking, the keyword being was. The Red Wings traded him to the Flyers for a fourth rounder this year and a conditional third next year. So essentially, Philly gave up very little for a competent, not great, but competent level goalie.

A large portion of Islanders fans were upset that Garth didn’t pull the trigger, especially when Detroit said they’d eat half the salary. Fans should be upset, a Metro team acquired a goalie, something the Islanders still need, for virtually nothing. Seriously look up Islanders third round picks from this millennium the only one worth a damn was Frans Nielsen.

Garth Snow, again, missed out on an opportunity to improve his team. I have a feeling the next week leading up to the deadline is going to be very stressful.

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