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New York Islanders GM Garth Snow Recent Good Track Record

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving and New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow meet during 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving and New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow meet during 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 24: Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving and New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow meet during 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

At times, it may seem like Garth Snow is the most hated man in Brooklyn. New York Islanders fans frequently lash out over his questionable decisions, but it turns out that he makes the right call more often than not.

Snow has been the general manager of the New York Islanders for over ten seasons, and all he has to show for it is one playoff series victory. He has been criticized for being hesitant to make big moves when they are needed most, and he is blamed for much of the Islanders struggles on the ice.

Whenever a trade deadline passes with no moves, or a free agency window passes with few acquisitions, fans are outraged. I personally have been angry when the Islanders have not signed players or made a trade I thought should have been made.

However, Garth Snow’s reluctance to spend a lot of money on free agents and trade prospects for aging veterans has actually worked out. The current Islanders team is as good as it has been in years, and this is because Garth Snow has been smart and patient.

Let’s look back to some of Garth Snow’s recent decisions that have set the Islanders up to be a Cup contender this season.

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