There is a goalie who is available who can step into Billy Smith’s long-empty shoes. His name is Tim Thomas.
New York will pay the 31-year-old goalie $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years — double the years left on his original 15-year pact.
No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.