Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank runs down the Islanders need for a new defenseman in his latest entry. A few main points from the article:
- Injuries: Radek Martinek out for the season. Andy Sutton out at least two more games.
- Depth: Rookie Andrew MacDonald already plays 12 minutes a game. Brendan Witt is a team worst minus 15. Dustin Kohn is the only option to be called up.
- A few players that Botta thinks would make sense: Aaron Ward, Garnett Exelby, Brent Sopel or Joe Corvo. Botta prefers Corvo or Ward.
A move could easily be made for all these rumored available defensemen. As I wrote earlier, I don’t think Carolina is purely in “sell-mode” yet, moving Ward will make the team younger and may even be a bit of addition by subtraction. Getting rid of a vet not necessarily working out may wake up some other underachieving players. I still feel Carolina will need a young defenseman coming back or will have to wait for Corvo to return from injury to replace Ward’s minutes.
Interesting to see what will happen on the Island. They are willing to spend, which is a welcome change to a very promising young team.
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