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New York Islanders Return To Dreaded Three Goalie System

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Goalie Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal by Daniel Winnik #26 of the Washington Capitals (not pictured)in the second period at Verizon Center on October 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Goalie Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal by Daniel Winnik #26 of the Washington Capitals (not pictured)in the second period at Verizon Center on October 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders had three goalies on the ice at practice today which made fans have flashbacks to the dreaded three-goalie system.

At practice on this snowy March day, the New York Islanders and their fearless leader Garth Snow decided to try something out. They had all three goalies on the ice for practice. I see we have still yet to learn from past mistakes here Garth.

Last year one of the team’s biggest downfalls was the three goalie system. None of the three were able to get into any sort of consistent groove due to lack of practice and playing time so the team struggled in net.

It eventually led to Jaroslav Halak being waived. Towards the end of the season he was called back up and finished the year off strong but the idea in itself was terrible. Now, we are back just a year later, trying the same ideas.

As we’ve said on the site by now, you have to give Chris Gibson a look the rest of the way. He’s impressed in the three games he’s played so far. He’s got a .957 save percentage and a 1.91 goals against average.

It wouldn’t be right to send Gibson packing for Bridgeport. As for the other two, Halak has been much better. In 47 games he’s gt a .908 save percentage and a 3.23 goals against average. It’s not great but it’s certainly better than Greiss’ .894 save percentage and 3.84 goals against average.

Of the two wouldn’t it make sense to waive Greiss. That way he can still get reps in the AHL and potentially bounce back in future years. He’s under contract for two more years you don’t want him to be wasting away as a healthy scratch every night for the final 13 games.

Riding out the final 13 games with three goalies does nobody any good. Look to the future. Gibson should start at least 9 of the remaining games and Greiss should go down to work on his craft and just pray he bounces back in 2018-2019.

Next: Offseason Options For The Blue-Line

All playoff hopes are gone, you might as well try to start looking towards next year and beyond. Holding three goalies hostage benefits nobody.

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