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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: A list of things still to do in preparation for this year's Notting Hill Carnival, hangs on the wall of the Flamboyant Mas Band workshop in Ladbroke Grove on August 23, 2013 in London, England. More than one million people are expected to enjoy this year's Notting Hill Carnival. It is the largest street festival in Europe and was first held in 1964 by the Afro-Caribbean community. Over the bank holiday weekend the streets come alive to steel bands, colourful floats and costumed performers as members of the public flood into the area to join in the celebrations. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: A list of things still to do in preparation for this year's Notting Hill Carnival, hangs on the wall of the Flamboyant Mas Band workshop in Ladbroke Grove on August 23, 2013 in London, England. More than one million people are expected to enjoy this year's Notting Hill Carnival. It is the largest street festival in Europe and was first held in 1964 by the Afro-Caribbean community. Over the bank holiday weekend the streets come alive to steel bands, colourful floats and costumed performers as members of the public flood into the area to join in the celebrations. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images) /
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ST LOUIS, MO – MAY 17: Dainius Zubrus #9 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) scores an empty net goal during the third period against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 17, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO – MAY 17: Dainius Zubrus #9 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) scores an empty net goal during the third period against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 17, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Find a Starting Goalie

It’s a lot easier said than done. But the New York Islanders absolutely need a starting goalie. Going into the 2018-19 season the Islanders have Linus Soderstrom, Thomas Greiss and Christopher Gibson in their goaltending depth chart.

They probably rank in that order, but Soderstrom likely has an asterisk next to his name. The young Swede has never played in North America. He might take some time to adjust his play to suit his new surroundings.

After last seasons .892 SV% and 3.89 GAA there’s no way that Thomas Greiss is given the job between the pipes for the team. And with a similarly bad .908 SV% and 3.65GAA Chris Gibson isn’t going to get the nod either.

So who?

I’ve often said Carter Hutton is an interesting choice. The free agent put up a stellar .931 SV% and 2.09 GAA with the St Louis Blues this season. A second option could be Boston’s Anton Khudobin. The Kazhakstani goaltender put up a .913 SV% and 2.56 GAA in 31 games played this season.

The only issue for both goalies is potential to play 50-60 starts and their age.

Both are career backups, never playing more than 30 or so games in a season. Could they handle being a starter and be as effective? Its possible, but it would be a risk.

And what about the fact that both are 32. They won’t likely become better than they were, so are you playing the game of diminishing returns? Again, easier said than done.

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