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04-05-2011, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by SolidSnakeUS View Post
If you guys rolled with Montoya and Leighton and upped your defense, you could be a much better team next year.
We could easily use another top-4 (ideally, top-2) on defense. However, we have six NHL contracts piling up back there and four RFAs to at least consider what to do with. I'm pretty sure the Islanders will stick with some mixture of what they have. I'll also be shocked if they don't trade away at least one d-man (unless there are no takers and they literally walk away from 2-3 salaries.)

With how good AMac and Hamonic have been, I'd place a fully healthy Islanders defense (whatever that is) somewhere in the middle of the pack. (Not to mention, the d-corp would be very much on the cheap and easily upgradeable due to expiring contracts at reasonable salaries.)

As far as the above scenario, as always, the question of what the **** to do with/what is Rick DiPietro remains.


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