Tomorrow's match against the Tampa Bay Lightning will mark the first time the Islanders face ex-teammte Dwayne Roloson since he was traded January 1.
The 41 year-old netminder has flourished with the Bolts. He is 14-9-4 with four shutouts, a 2.55 GAA and a .910 save percentage since being shipped down South in exchange for defensive prospect Ty Wishart.
Frans Nielsen said it best after practice today: " He doesn't look 41 when he's all over that crease."
Coach Jack Capuano said he's still undecided about which goaltender he'll use against Roloson tomorrow.
Zenon Konopka, who has been battling through some injuries, left practice early this afternoon in Tampa during what Capuano called a "maintenance day" for him. He will play tomorrow against his former team, however.
Also checked in with his agent and there have still not been any discussions with GM Garth Snow about a contract extension. Maybe Snow will be swayed by all the Konopka jerseys he sees tomorrow...
I know I'm a little late to the party since everyone and their brother have chimed in on the Matt Cooke hit but here goes:
It would be utterly inexcusable and remarkably unwise for the League to give him anything less than 10 games. What immediately struck me was how blatant the intent of his actions seemed. What a brazen and disrespectful thing to do to his opponent, his own teammates, coach Dan Bylsma, GM Ray Shero, Co-owner Mario Lemieux and league disciplinarian Colin Campbell.
Yesterday's elbow was an egregious offense and the league must recognize him for what he is: a recidivist and a HUGE liability.