But where does that leave the Islanders??? They have nothing moving forward. Nilsson, Poulin? These guys aren't the answer. Dipietro is almost 32 years old and still hasn't found his game! It's time for them to cut their loses. I'm not saying they have to get Luongo, but out of all the teams mentioned they should have the most interest.
If they don't get a goalie in a trade they're going to end up having to completely overpay an average goalie just to show interest as an unrestricted free agent.
I wouldn't write the Isles off - they just went out and snatched Thomas' contract to manipulate the cap floor.
They're also spending 2.75 on Nabokov who is a UFA at season's end - Luongo is actually only 2.6 million more of cap hit than Nabokov, so regardless of what they manage with Dipietro, I don't think it's unreasonable to see them having interest, particularly with so much talent developing in the system and poised for a move to a new arena.
Nabokov could make some sense as he'd give us a solid veteran backup until season's end, and then is a UFA, at which point we run with Lack next season assuming he's healthy.
Luo for Nelson, Pokka, 1st and throw in Nabokov?
With Tavares, Strome, Nielsen, and Bailey, imo Nelson is a very reasonable expectation. Pokka is a young Finnish right side prospect. Not terribly interested in their roster players... perhaps Okposo or Cizikas? A little difficult to find the right parts there.