The tweets heard ’round the Islanders on Saturday night subsided a bit on Sunday, with general manager Garth Snow and Allan Walsh, agent for Jaroslav Halak and J-F Berube, declining to comment on Walsh’s tweets Saturday that stated the Isles’ three-goaltender situation is not working.
Two sources indicated that none of the three Islanders goaltenders, Thomas Greiss included, has asked for a trade this season or last. Snow claimed Berube off waivers before the 2015-16 season began because of injury concerns with Halak.
The sources confirmed that Snow sent an email to the rest of the league’s general managers on Saturday night saying Halak, who has one more season at $4.5 million after this one, is available for a trade. But one of those sources said the Islanders hadn’t received any offers for Halak after the email or before.
Halak and Berube, who has dressed for three games this season but hasn’t played, have said that carrying three goaltenders doesn’t allow for good practice time because two of the goaltenders have to share a net during drills.
But it appears the Islanders have no plans to move Berube, whom they consider a good young prospect who would be quickly claimed on waivers if the team tried to send him to the AHL.
“There’s enough to worry about getting ready to play games,” John Tavares said when asked if this could be a distraction. “The [goaltender] situation is what it is. Everyone has to be prepared to play and do what they can to be ready. We need everybody in this room if we’re going to accomplish what we want to this season.”
Martin returns, gets feisty
Matt Martin received a warm ovation when his name was announced as a starter for the Maple Leafs on Sunday and a bigger ovation when a video tribute was shown on the Barclays Center board at the first television timeout in the opening period.
Martin was credited with four hits and got into a small scrap with Andrew Ladd in the second period. Travis Hamonic reached in to separate the two but appeared to be smiling as he did it.
“It would’ve been nice to get a lick or two in on him for sure,” Hamonic said. “You see someone every day for six, seven years, you’re always going to be friends. It was cool to see him out there.”