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Garth Snow talks to the Booster Club

By Gary Harding

It figures that the one game I miss – I do not get to see the best game that they have played in years and years and years.

Just my luck.

There was just about NO issues with any aspect of the team….

There has been a lot of coverage on it – I will let that speak for itself – I have nothing to add.

Last night – Garth Snow was at the Booster Club meeting.  He is one funny dude!

Some thoughts on his comments:

Kovalchuk – a non-issue.  He is quite happy with the complexion of this team, and I do not feel that he will allow anyone to be moved.

That is – except Marty Biron.

Garth said that he is one total class individual – and has been nothing but professional throughout this process.  Marty knew this could happen from the start, and just wants a shot.  But he will do whatever is asked and expected, until the time comes that he is not here anymore.  That is just what is expected from a ‘gentleman’ like Marty.  You just have to root for this guy, wherever he goes.

He is quite happy with the maturation process of some of the Bridgeport folks, especially Mark Katic (an AHL all-star) and Mark Martin (the next “POWER” forward for this team).  Also – Justin Debenetto has opened some eyes too.

Very impressed with Andrew MacDonald, and how he has stepped up.

Thought Kyle should have been on the Olympic Team (however, he is opposed to the Olympics for the NHL players… why should there be 20 days off in February – and the schedule be so condensed).

Quite pleased with the progress of Josh Bailey, and the surprise of Matt Moulson.  He (Garth) said he likes to keep a roster spot open for someone that makes a splash in camp, and Matt was just that.

One thing about Garth – is that he is not a stuffed suit.  He is quite casual, quite funny, and talks about his team from the heart.  With the ‘serious’ nature of certain NHL folk, he is a breath of fresh air.  I am so happy that he is slowly starting to prove the pundits that thought he would be a washout, as wrong as can be.

Keep it up, sir!