19. Another exec on Snow: “Some guys are masters of the salary cap. He is master of the salary floor.” Great line — and not intended as an insult.
That being said, if the Islanders were to retain both Streit and Visnovsky, the team would have six defenders under contract next year (Carkner, Finley, Strait and MacDonald being the others). A seventh defender would be RFA Travis Hamonic. You really have to wonder what the team’s plans are for Matt Donovan and Aaron Ness, if Finley isn’t let go and Streit and Visnovsky are re-signed.
As for Nabokov, that honestly doesn’t make a lot of sense unless the Islanders are planning to cut ties with Rick DiPietro. If the Islanders retain both DiPietro and Nabokov on the NHL roster next season, they clearly aren’t willing to give Kevin Poulin/Anders Nilsson a shot in the NHL (or don’t believe that either is capable of playing in the NHL). Nilsson is currently hurt, leaving Poulin with the vast majority of the work in Bridgeport. It would make sense that the Islanders wouldn’t dump one of their NHL goalies at this very moment, but to retain both of them on the NHL roster next season makes no sense. Both Nabokov and DiPietro have save percentages under .900 as of today.