Let the Poulin Era Begin

New York, NY - I was sitting in a Dunkin Donuts in Queens today, when I got a text message at 1:32 p.m. from colleague Tracy Lynn Krauss that Islanders keeper Rick DiPietro is out 4-6 weeks due to a facial fracture and knee swelling.

So started the official Kevin Poulin era, who has to be the lone net minder for the Isles until the squad can figure out a suitable backup option not named Nabakov. Two very interesting names that have popped up are Michael Leighton and Ray Emery.

Both keepers have had playoff experience, with Leighton’s experience being more recent as he led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Eastern Conference Championship in the 2009-10 season. Emery also has had playoff experience as he took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 2007 season, the only negative with this option is the bum hip.

Either way it looks more and more like the move of Dwayne Roloson to the Tampa Bay Lightning is one that the Isles maybe kicking themselves for….either that or the move of not allowing resident blue liner Trevor Gilles to play against a very physical Pittsburgh Penguins team on Wednesday night.

For now it is the dawning of the Kevin Poulin era and I for one am very excited to see what the young keeper can bring to the squad, he has already shown some brilliant flashes in the little time that I have seen in play in person. I am sure Islanders fans are very hopeful for more of that play from the ‘Poulin Wall’ until a decision can be made on a backup whose name is not Nabakov.