For a franchise that’s had several low points over the past two decades, March 5, 2014, might’ve been the lowest from an emotional perspective.
The Islanders knew for some time they had to trade Thomas Vanek. On Wednesday they put a daring-yet-failed move behind them.
The goaltending is good enough. The defense is good enough. The mindset is strong enough. That’s why in a draft that is strong on defensive players, Glen Sather has to look for offensive talent.