PHILADELPHIA - MAY 24: Michael Leighton #49 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 24, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
UPDATE: It doesn't look like the Islanders will be acquiring Leighton. They've made a trade for former New York Rangers first round pick Al Montoya, who was seen as the next great Ranger goalie when he was selected sixth overall in 2004 -- until that Henrik Lundqvist guy came along. Anyway, Montoya means no Leighton on the Island.
The sky is falling when it comes to injuries and goaltenders on Long Island. I've tried to keep a handle on it but I'm just going to let Lighthouse Hockey explain because I'm sure Dominik knows a whole lot better than I.
The sun did come up (barely) today, club operations resumed, the team had practice. See if you can follow, per the Islanders: Rick DiPietro was officially placed on IR and Jesse Joensuu was recalled -- skating with Rob Schremp and Josh Bailey in practice -- to replace Jeremy Colliton(rib, two weeks). UPDATE: Kevin Poulin is done for the year with a dislocated kneecap requiring surgery.
With DiPietro out, Poulin out, Nathan Lawson on the mend and Evgeni Nabokov unwilling to participate in the proceedings, the Isles are down to Joel Martin and Mikko Koskinen on the NHL roster. To put a little perspective on this, Martin started the season in the Central Hockey League with the Odessa Jackalopes.
It's bad. Might even be worse than things were here last season in net. It's debatable, at the very least. So what do teams do when they need a goalie midseason? They see what Michael Leighton is up to, of course!
According to Katie Strang at Newsday, the Islanders are indeed looking to trade for a veteran goaltender. (The article is behind a pay wall but she Tweeted some details.) She reports that Mike Smith likely isn't an option, considering they passed on him last week when Tampa sent him through waivers and assigned him to Norfolk of the AHL.
So what about Leights?
Don't believe that Michael Leighton is their top target at this point, but could become an option
Not sure who their top target would be -- speculation: Toronto has an extra goalie, Anaheim might have an extra goalie if Ray Emery gets back to form sooner rather than later (but probably not) -- but if they do turn to Leighton, he could get his wish and get out of Glens Falls after all.