Islanders needs in free agency

John Tavares of the Islanders skates against the John Tavares of the Islanders skates against the Calgary Flames at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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1. A goaltender

The Isles' most glaring need is in goal, where they have only Jaroslav Halak signed for next season. There are loads of NHL-experienced backups on the market and one from that long list -- Thomas Greiss, Justin Peters, Tomas Vokoun and Devan Dubnyk lead the group -- will be an Islander by the end of business July 1.

 

2. A power-play aiding

defenseman

The Isles likely won't break the bank for Matt Niskanen, the top defenseman out there, but there are lesser options who can help the Isles' sometimes unfocused power play. The Kings' Willie Mitchell would add veteran presence, as would the Ducks' Stephane Robidas. The Rangers' Anton Stralman plays the Isles' style, but could be too costly.

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3. A top-line wing

John Tavares likes the idea of Brock Nelson, 23, on the captain's left and he might end up the best option if Garth Snow cannot find a short-term solution. Veterans looking for "prove-it" deals, such as the Sharks' Marty Havlat, might fit the role. Or the Isles will wait to see what the first day of the frenzy leaves.

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