THE SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SUBSTITUTE FOR THE…Don't expect NYI to reach too far for another goalie

11:10 pm – Although Curtis Sanford has been placed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks, indications this evening were that the Islanders were not going to put in a claim for the 29-year old netminder. Instead, their short-term focus appears to be on bringing back Wade Dubielewicz or promoting another goaltender – Peter Mannino or Nathan Lawson – from the minors.


At this point – with the team far out of the playoff hunt and still awaiting word on how long Joey MacDonald will be out – there is simply no reason to make a significant, urgent move or go outside the family to upgrade the goaltending. Then again, the way this saga has unfolded all season, it also wouldn’t surprise us to see some out-of-left-field acquisition between the pipes at tomorrow’s morning skate.