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New York Islanders NFL Style Cut List For 2018-19 Season

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mathew Barzal #13 and Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders celebrate a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Barclays Center on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mathew Barzal #13 and Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders celebrate a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Barclays Center on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 20: Christopher Gibson

Christopher Gibson | G

0.908SV%. 3.65GAA, 25 years-old
That’s two goalies I cut. Why exactly? Because I’ve still got Greiss and Soderstrom. I think with Halak and Gibson gone, there’s enough depth in the New York Islanders goaltending position to put out a good tandem in Thomas Greiss and Linus Soderstrom. And look, it’s not like keeping Christopher Gibson was going to change the Islanders outlook in 2018-19 dramatically.

The Islanders third-string goalie looked alright in his short stint with the team in 2017-18 but alright won’t cut it for the Isles. Even with Greiss and Soderstrom, there’s significant risk already without adding an “alright” Chris Gibson to the mix.

Hopefully, in the real world, the New York Islanders can acquire a starter somewhere and keep Gibson in the AHL. My focus is on 32-year-old Carter Hutton out in St Louis. A short-term deal would be a perfect stop gap for the Islanders to figure out what they have in Linus Soderstrom at the AHL level while getting better than average NHL shot stopping from Hutton.

Cutting Gibson like most of the other names on the list is an easy call. He seems to be a career AHL’er and maybe an OK NHL backup somewhere else. For the New York Islanders, he’s absolutely surplus to requirements.

Again, Gibson looked alright in the few games he played. But to say he’s started material is farfetched and that’s exactly what the Islanders need. Greiss is already a perfectly good backup, assuming he returns to form in 2018-19.

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