" Better or Worse " today he gave his thoughts on the New York Islanders.
* Hradek says this isn't a full preview. It's just his opinion based on their offseason movement.
In the end, the Islanders season will depend on something that hasn't changed: goaltending. Rick DiPietro has gotten better in each of the last two seasons. If he continues to be stellar, the Isles will again have a chance to contend for one of the final playoff spots in the East. If he doesn't, the Isles will be adrift in a sea of non-playoff clubs. (I know, it doesn't take a Toe Blake or Scotty Bowman to tell you that!)
As for the arrivals and departures, I believe it's a wash.
Despite the many changes (I won't go through each one, but I still think Bergenheim has some upside), I believe the Isles will be about the same, maybe a tad better. Still, I can't help feeling they'll find themselves on the wrong side of the playoff line.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Conidering some of the reviews, this one is very fair even if it does not go into detail. That written names do not equal chemistry, that's one thing history has told us many times.