Really? What've they done that's so horrid? Ice a legit top-four defense? Be one of the highest-scoring teams in the league? What have they done thus far that's so bad?
So they traded for a goalie who might not report. Big deal. If he reports and plays, the Isles have an elite goalie, which, right now is their only glaring weakness. If he doesn't report, it doesn't cost them a thing. The media pundits have only speculated on the fact that this could allow them to cheat the cap floor. We don't know if they're going to do that for sure. It looks like insurance in case Visnovsky flakes out yet again and doesn't report, which would put them below the cap floor, I believe, and also if they choose (which I'm guessing they will) to use a compliance buyout on DiPietro.
Don't use the Isles as a comparable. Right now they're more of a 1st class organization than the Avs are at present.
If they do some sort of fire sale at season's end, I'll eat my words. But I don't think that will happen.