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Islanders Camp: Capuano in no hurry to name goalies

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 2:09 PM

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist / Super Saturday

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Islanders Camp: Capuano in no hurry to name goalies
SYOSSET, N.Y. -- With six goaltenders in camp, five of whom have NHL experience, Islanders coach Jack Capuano will have some decisions to make. For now, though, he's in no rush.

Capuano told the media after Saturday's initial practice at Iceworks that he hasn't even thought about how he'll divvy up playing time during the exhibition games.

"I get a lot of questions about the goaltending, but for me, it's the competition," he said. "You can't have anything better than that. That's the way it should be -- not just in goaltending, but on defense and at the forward positions as well."

The Isles have veteran Rick DiPietro, rookies Kevin Poulin, Mikko Koskinen and Anders Nilsson, as well as Al Montoya, who was impressive after being acquired late last season, and former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who was claimed on waivers last season but opted not to report.

Capuano is making no promises to anyone about playing time.

"The guys that perform and play to the level they need to will be in the lineup."
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