Step 1: Fire Garth Snow and Hire Bill Geurin
Garth Snow has been at the helm for 12 years. Over that time the Islanders have made the playoffs just four times and have a playoff series record of 1-4. The team has seen little success (if you can call it that) yet Garth has remained one of the longest tenured GM’s in the entire league. Why?
Let’s take a look at his resume…He traded Nino Niederreiter away for Cal Clutterbuck, missed on multiple top-five draft picks, signed Andrew Ladd to a seven-year deal with no realistic buyout option, was overly loyal to Jack Capuano, we could go on forever.
The point is, Snow’s limited success’ such as landing Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle should not outweigh his countless errors. It’s time for a change…scratch that, it’s been time for a change.
So my first order of business is to remove Garth Snow of his duties and to hire a competent, experienced winner. I would hire Bill Guerin who currently serves as the Penguins Assistant General Manager.
The Penguins have won back to back cups and are on the verge of making the playoffs for the 12th year in a row. Ironically, every single year Garth Snow has served as GM of the Islanders the Pens have made the playoffs.
Over that time they’ve won three Stanley Cup’s and lost another. I want that kind of success. Sure, the Penguins are an extremely hatable team but the hatred stems from jealousy. They’ve built this long-lasting successful team because they’re built the right way and Geurin has studied that as he’s been in the hierarchy of the organization since 2011.
Look at their cap. They only pay for people they absolutely have to. Outside of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel no other forward makes over $5 million. Heck, their fourth line of Keuhnhackl – Sheahan – Sheary is a combined $5.7 million cap hit. The Islanders fourth line to start the year Kulemin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck was a combined $11 million. Notice a trend here?!
The Penguins spend smart, they also make smart moves at the deadline like adding Derick Brassard, a clutch playoff performer, right before they make a run to the playoffs. They’re coming off two cups in a row and were aggressively trying to improve their team. I want that same ideology!
That’s why Geurin seems like a clear fit in this role.