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Garth Snow Is Holding On To His Job

from Chris Botta at IslandersPointBlank,

If you've ever wondered about the kind of things a general manager might say to his team's owners in the suite during a game, at dinner at a North Shore steakhouse, or on the phone to cover his hide the morning after the latest loss, wonder no more. This week, Garth Snow pulled back the curtain on the wizardry that has enabled him to remain GM of the Islanders for nearly a dozen years, despite any measurable success.

Perhaps emboldened by another "atta way!" from ownership and a strong cup of Starbucks, Snow was at his hypnotic best when speaking with Steven Marcus of Newsday on Wednesday. His team merely in a scramble for eighth place again, Snow has long since given up on trying to win over the fan base.

As he did in the Charles Wang era, Snow's primary focus is on retaining his power with ownership. Think that's being overdramatic? This is a man who failed for years and was given the added title of president and later a golden parachute by Wang. Imagine if his Islanders had ever accomplished anything!

Snow is no longer team president, but he remains prime minister of puffing himself up.

Let's break down a few more of Snow's gems from Wednesday, the real hilarious stuff. From Newsday:


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Primis's avatar

Man, that’s….. there’s nothing subtle about Botta going after Snow and the Isles.

And in fairness, most of his points are good, true ones.

Posted by Primis on 02/09/18 at 12:27 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post,

Tavares surely wants to come back to the Islanders, and has made that abundantly clear. But his situation is far more unstable, far more liquid than maybe Snow is willing to admit. Asked in early October how he felt about the situation, and Snow said, “Excellent.” Every time he gets a chance, he’ll remind people that the Islanders drafted Tavares when he was 18 years old, and that they want him to retire with the Islanders. Co-owner Jon Ledecky will say the same thing. It’s as if saying it over and over will guilt Tavares into staying with the only team he has known.

But that team under Snow for the past 12 years has also always operated with a focus on the future. The “woe is me” pathos remains, with Snow saying that injuries are “100 percent” the reason they’re struggling for playoff position. But, of course, he added, “Not making excuses, I’m stating a fact.”

Fact is if that the Islanders still have these draft picks when the first round begins, it’s just more of the same. And if Tavares leaves, it’ll be fate that has cursed them, not mismanagement.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/09/18 at 12:57 PM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

Snow is a disaster.  With the arena announcement for Nassau - time for this team to go small market again.  Small market teams can still win - but - these guys are losers.  I went to the Islanders last game at the Joe a game which we won - and the Detroit fans treated me great. 

Difference was I was speaking with a teenage girl and her dad.  She was *very* upset because the Wings were not going to make the playoffs - and she asked me “don’t you feel sorry for us?”

And I said - HELL No.  My kids are 25 and 22 years old and had never seen the team win a playoff SERIES - let alone a Cup. 

Now - more of the same.  And we likely will lose Tavares over the summer for nothing.  Amateur hour here.  Same as it ever was.  Can we get Bill Torrey back?

They will build the future team around Mat Barzal.  But so long as Snow is gm - team will not be a success.  At least we will likely finish ahead of the Rangers this year.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 02/09/18 at 05:49 PM ET

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