The Isles skated through a fire alarm at the beginning of the morning skate. There was too much work to do to leave the ice (it was a false alarm). Goalie Rick DiPietro is back on the ice as the Islanders take their final skate before heading on a three-game trip, which begins Wednesday in Colorado. There now seems little doubt that DiPietro will start one of the games. He had not appeared in an NHL game since last January.
Not to jinx the long rehabbing DiPietro, but if he remains healthy -- and shows he can be effective -- how do the Islanders deal with three masked men in goal? Dwayne Roloson is the No. 1 goalie until DiPietro shows he can regain the form that led to his huge contract and designation as franchise player. That makes Martin Biron the odd man out, but the Isles cannot deal him until they are sure DiPietro proves he can be durable. Even then, Biron’s value is somewhat suspect.
We’ll try to sort this out after practice. But in this sport, three goalies is one too many.