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.