Dec 2, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) plays the puck while being pursued by Ottawa Senators center David Legwand (17) during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Best Offseason Acquisition
This offseason was one of utmost excitement for Islanders fans. Garth Snow had a master plan, and he carried it out in precise fashion. He began the offseason by trading for negotiating rights for goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who has been a rock in net for the Isles, amassing a 23-8-0 record with a .917 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.22. Then, on July 2nd, Garth acquired two more regulars for the team in forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolay Kulemin. Both have made impacts on the team, Grabovski being one of the teams best defensive forwards while Kulemin has already matched his goal total from 2013-14.
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The biggest splash however, came right before the season started. On the same day, Garth Snow traded for two defenseman, Johnny Boychuk of the Boston Bruins, and Nick Leddy of the Chicago Blackhawks. Both have won Stanley Cups. Both come from winning pedigrees. Boychuk also provides veteran leadership, while Leddy is young and an unbelievable talent. The Best Offseason Acquisition Award goes to… Nick Leddy! Leddy has been unreal for this team. He is a possession monster. He’s got a 57.5% Corsi and 60.2% Fenwick rating this year. He is a brilliant skater, and he is defensively responsible. This team is not the same team if Garth Snow doesn’t make the deal to bring him in.