Garth Snow: the Real Problem for the New York Islanders

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Published on : December 28, 2016

 

 

The New York Islanders are currently having a “decent” season. The team had a rough start in the beginning of the year with the loss of Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin, and Frans Nielsen. However, it seems that the team is getting more used to the new setup. But for a team that has so much potential, and has made the playoffs two years in a row, why hasn’t the team made it any further? Many fans blame the coaching done by Jack Capuano. Many other fans blame the managing of former Islanders’ goalie, Garth Snow.

 

Personally, I would have to agree with the fans who believe it is Garth that is preventing the team from winning a Stanley Cup. It has been ten years for Garth Snow as the GM and I feel that he has made some contributions that have helped but he’s also made a lot of stupid choices. Now, lets take a step back and look at Garth’s history with the Islanders and what he has done wrong ever since he was hired.

 

 Garth Snow the goaltender in net for team USA

 

Garth Snow was originally a New York Islanders goalie, as the back up goalie for Chris Osgood and Rick DiPietro. However in 2006 when Garth retired, he was named General Manager of the team, replacing Neil Smith (who has actually won a Stanley Cup as a GM). Through those years as GM, Garth has had his highs and lows. His lows as GM have truly prevented the team from growing.

 

For instance, in the 2008 Entry Draft, Garth Snow and the Islanders selected Josh Bailey. Yeah, you know Josh Bailey, famous for his sloppy performances and lack of scoring. Josh Bailey has even earned himself a song made by Islander fans who sat at the former Moe’s Section at the Nassau Coliseum. The lyrics of the song is a parody of the song “Hey Baby” by Bruce Channel and it goes like this, “Hey! Josh Bailey, I want to know, if you’ll score a goal”. And to make matters worse, Erik Karlsson (two time James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner) and Jordan Eberle (All Star and led Oilers in goals in 2012) were also available in the same round of the draft.

 

Another example of Garth’s many bad decisions would be the 2011 draft pick of Ryan Strome. Ryan Strome hasn’t been a very impressive player ever since the team drafted him. What makes this pick even worse is that like the 2008 draft, there were far more impressive players available, such as Jonas Brodin and Mark Scheifele.

 

 Garth Snow plotting his next draft disaster

 

My third example is going away from draft picks and more into trading. In 2013, the Islanders and Garth Snow traded Matt Moulson for Thomas Vanek. Now this specific scenario still bothers me to this day. Matt Moulson and John Tavares had such fantastic chemistry on their line and for some reason Garth decided, “Hey, let’s get rid of one of our best players who also works well with our other best player so we can get Thomas Vanek, who doesn’t even want to play for us.” Thomas Vanek didn’t even stay on the Islanders for more than one year. What a complete waste of a trade and it led the Islanders to a horrible season (also due to John Tavares’s injury at the Sochi Olympics).

 

Finally, the last decision that Garth Snow made that I felt was ridiculous was allowing Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo to leave the team. We all know that Frans Nielsen wanted to leave the Islanders to go to Detroit and Garth even offered an identical contract like Detroit’s. But he seriously did not try at all to keep Okposo and Martin on the roster. He just let them leave. And to make this situation even worse, Garth offered Casey Cizikas a $16.75 million contract. Cizikas is a good player but he is not worth $16.75 million. He decided to offer Cizikas a huge contract instead of offering to either Okposo or Martin? You’ve got to be kidding me. With Okposo and Martin, the Islanders made the playoffs two years in a row. The team was actually growing from 2012 to 2016. But for some reason, Garth wanted to do what he does best and prevent the team from succeeding.

 

It’s like he has it out for the Islanders for not starting him in net while he was a goalie for them, but lets not make this into a whole conspiracy. In all honesty, Garth has made some really good decisions like picking up Tavares and Pulock. But I feel like he has made more mistakes in his ten years of being GM than contributions to the team. I hope we eventually get back to where we were last year but for now it’s still too early in the season to tell. If the Islanders blow it this year, I wouldn’t be shocked if Garth loses his job.

 

 


Isles Sweep Rangers, But Who’s The Real Loser?

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Published on : April 9, 2016

 

As a avid New York Rangers fan, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the Islanders sweeping the Rangers for the first time in franchise history is ever a good thing. But, when you look at the current playoff picture, it might be the lesser of two evils.

 

Thursday night, the Rangers dropped the fourth and final contest of the regular season to the Islanders by a score of 4-1. With that loss, it puts the Rangers in the first wild card spot. As the standings are now, that would match up the Rangers against the Florida Panthers in Round 1 of the playoffs. Given how dangerous the Metro Division is with the Penguins and the Capitals, it might not be the worst thing ever to play through the Atlantic Division. There are still a few variables in this playoff equation, so we’ll see how it all plays out.

 

Rangers Isles 2

 

As far as the game itself, the Rangers played a far better game then the score would lead you to believe. If the Rangers play like they did against the Isles, they are going to be in very good shape for Game 1. The Rangers pretty much dominated the scoreless first period in terms of possession.

 

With the Rangers unable to move up any further in the standings, there was really no point in playing Henrik Lundqvist Thursday night. Evidently, he was pulled after the second period after letting up 3 goals on 16 shots. The Rangers playoff spot is guaranteed, and like I said its not necessarily a bad thing if the Rangers were to move down in the standings.

 

Rangers Isles 3

 

From a fans perspective, the Rangers already dropped 3/4 games to the Fishsticks anyway, so there really wasn’t that much at stake in terms of bragging rights during Thursday night’s game. For me, all I really wanted was to see McIlrath and Martin finally drop the gloves.

 

Rangers Islanders

 

 

No Ranger fan wants to say it, especially against the Islanders, but we’re kinda okay with Thursday night’s loss. As far as the sweep goes, yeah it’s disappointing but were always going to be New York’s team. No sweep is really going to change that. So have your laughs now Fishstick fans, because it wont last for long.

 

The Rangers play their season finale against the Red Wings Saturday afternoon at MSG.

 

LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

 

 


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