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Islanders coach doesn't dwell on agent's tweet

Jack Capuano responds to Allan Walsh's comments about three-goalie system, says personnel decisions up to GM

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano on Sunday briefly addressed statements made by agent Allan Walsh regarding playing time for goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Jean-Francois Berube, each his client, on Twitter.

The Islanders have used a three-goalie rotation with Halak, Berube and Thomas Greiss for the past two seasons.

"Biggest issue (using a three-goalie system) is goalies don't get enough practice time to stay sharp," Walsh tweeted on Saturday. "Starting goalie for NY Islanders last game had only 1 quality practice in last 5 days before Penguins game (on Thursday). Going on 2 years of this now."

The Islanders host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Barclays Center on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; SN360, SN1, MSG+, NHL.TV). Greiss will start.

"I like Allan, he's a good guy," Capuano said. "I've had conversations with him [and] with [general manager] Garth Snow when I'm involved in those, but not too many. He's got his opinion, and I'm not going to comment any more than that. I've always said when it comes to personnel decisions, those are questions directed for our general manager."

Video: Islanders starting goalie predicament

Halak is 2-3-0 with a 3.04 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in five games, and Greiss is 1-2-0 with a 2.71 GAA and .907 save percentage in three games. Berube, who hasn't played this season, was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 6, 2015, and played seven games for the Islanders and five for Bridgeport of the American Hockey League in 2015-16.

Capuano recently explained to Newsday why he supports the three-goalie system.

"[Getting the starters rest] is good for us," he said. "We actually like having the three goalies. It's not an ideal situation for [Berube]. He obviously wants to play and he'll get his opportunity as we go here."

Sportsnet said on Saturday the Islanders had no comment regarding Walsh's tweets, but that they don't want to put Berube on waivers for fear of losing the 25-year-old goaltender. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet said that Snow might be willing to trade Halak if the right offer is on the table.

Greiss played well for the Islanders in the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season when Halak missed time because of a groin injury. The 30-year-old finished 23-11-4 with a 2.36 GAA and .925 save percentage in 41 regular-season appearances and was 5-6 with a 2.46 GAA and .923 save percentage in 11 playoff games.

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