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Snow won't trade any of his goalies

Al Montoya #35 of the New York Islanders

Al Montoya #35 of the New York Islanders makes a glove save against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac) Credit: Photo by Jim McIsaac

With at least one of the three goalies on the roster often sidelined by injury, Garth Snow said he isn’t looking to trade any of them.

"I haven’t been looking to do that by any means, ‘" he said after Monday’s practice at IceWorks. "If anything, I’m glad we have the depth we do have with our goaltending, not just here but in Bridgeport as well."

At the same time, the Islanders’ general manager expressed some urgency in getting the team headed in the right direction for a playoff run.

It appeared the Isles had too many goalies at first, with Al Montoya, Rick DiPietro and Evgeni Nabokov all ready to start the season. All have had their share of injuries. Nabokov is about to return after recovering from his second groin injury, but DiPietro has a similar problem and there is no timetable for his return.

"I think he’s going to start skating sometime this week,’’ Snow said. "We’ll take a look at it day to day."

Snow said he remains optimistic about the team making the playoffs, though they started the day seven points behind the last playoff spot in Eastern Conference. "In the short term we’ve got to get to .500 as quickly as possible and take it from there," Snow said. "We obviously had a letdown the other night against [Sidney Crosby-less] Pittsburgh. We’re not in position to take anybody lightly, in the case of the Penguins, when they lose a top player like that, they play a better game because they are trying to pay attention to detail. That’s just something I’ve always found to be a common theme when teams lose certain players.

"Our goal is to get to .500 and get ourselves in the playoffs. The group that we have can win on any given night. We’re a lot like several teams across the league where we do have some players out with injury. That’s something that the good teams and playoff teams deal with."

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