The New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow has made a few trades so far this offseason, but don’t grade him on them yet.
It’s really quite simple, Garth Snow has done a fair job at trying to improve the New York Islanders this offseason…so far. Although don’t grade his offseason just yet, the final grade will come when the Isles elect to make a move or stay put.
His first few trades this offseason were quite good. He sacrificed a first round pick to Vegas but he ensured that George McPhee wouldn’t select one of the Islanders core players, like Ryan Strome or Travis Hamonic who were later moved.
The fact that they lost J.F. Berube who is set to be a UFA in just mere days is a success in itself. Then comes the Jordan Eberle deal. Getting him for Ryan Strome straight up was a fantastic deal. The Isles got a bonified NHL scorer to go next to John Tavares, that’s a win.
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It’s the Travis Hamonic trade that remains things to be unfinished. If Garth Snow just cleared him for picks and holds on to them then that’s a bad deal because it makes the Islanders who are in “win now mode” worse on paper.
If Snow instead uses these picks in a deal for Matt Duchene, Alex Galchenyuk or whoever else interests you then it’s another story. The fact remains though, Snow can’t be finished yet. They still have a gaping hole at the second line center position because he never really replaced Frans Nielsen after his departure last year.
What happens next will ultimately decide how we can grade Garth’s offseason.
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