Islanders add goalie help with Neuvirth

The Islanders didn’t make any big splashes on #DeadlineDay. However, GM Garth Snow still made a wise move upgrading backup goalie by acquiring Michal Neuvirth from the Sabres for Chad Johnson and a 2016 third round pick.

Basically, they needed a better goalie to back up starter Jaroslav Halak. Johnson just isn’t capable of giving Halak enough rest to remain fresh for the postseason. He won eight games but posted a 3.08 goals-against-average and a .899 save percentage. On an awful team, Neuvirth has won six games but has a 2.99 GAA and .918 save percentage. The 26-year old Czech is unrestricted this summer.

It was a move that had to be made. In another minor move, the Isles exchanged Cory Conacher for Dustin Jeffrey. Conacher goes to the Canucks where maybe he’ll play. He became the odd man out due to a deep roster. The Islanders also added depth in forward Tyler Kennedy from the Sharks for a conditional 2016 third round pick.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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