I think you'll spend 3 days a week loving Satan, and the other 4 hating him.
I think Zhitnik eats minutes for the defense, but he's a step too slow and will cost you a few late game interference penalties (that is if the league actually enforces the rules like they claim they will every year)
I think you might have a Vezina Trophy winner between your pipes.
If I remember right, the Isles play a trap style offense, which may give them problems with the new rules, unless they decide to switch styles, even then there will be an adjustment period. I think their biggest problem will be the depth of the Southeast division. Every team except the Crapitals have a ligit shot at the making the playoffs which will make it tough for the Isles to make the playoffs.
Zhitnik's good, but you'll miss Aucoin defensive abilities (and your goalie). Satan's good but Peca was a true leader !
I don't think it's their year yet.
Peca's leadership abilities were so overrated. He was such a great "leader" that there was team turmoil in the locker room for all of his three seasons with the Islanders. There was actually one time where teh team had a huge fight in the locker room before a game and they were throwing equipment at eachother.
The team was divided into clics and factions, AND despite the fact that Peca is no longer the player he once was (Darcy Tucker ruined his career) and that he is no longer worth his salary in a new CBA Milbury knew what he was doing by getting rid of Peca.
As for the Islanders this season. I dont know what to expect of them. I do know they'll score a lot of goals, and as good as aucoin was in the regular season he stunk it up in the playoffs 3 straight years. No huge loss there.
My biggest beef with the Islanders is once again they are small and soft for the eastern conference. A big year by DiPietro and they should be good enough to win the 6th-8th seed.