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2013 Islanders Preview: Getting Off the Island

George Kurtz

George Kurtz

George Kurtz writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

The Islanders made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2006-07 and that was not the only piece of good news for the organization. They also signed a long term lease to start playing their home games in Brooklyn (Barclay's Center) beginning after the 2014-15 season (although there is some thought that they could move there after this season). Why is this good news? For years top notch free agents seemed to be avoiding the Islanders because of the uncertainty of where the team would end up (Kansas City, Ontario, Quebec). Now they are playing in a brand new arena in New York City, which should only help the franchise attract prospective free agents.

As for the team on the ice, there is no denying they are getting better, but they are still far from a Stanley Cup contender. The defense remains woefully inadequate and it was no secret that the team was looking for an upgrade in goal during the offseason. Former captain Mark Streit is now in Philadelphia after the t

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