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New York Islanders Mike Milbury Worse GM Than Garth Snow

NEW YORK - MARCH 1: Mike Milbury (R), General Manager of the New York Islanders, addresses the media following the National Hockey League Board of Governors meeting March 1, 2005 at the Westin Hotel at Times Square in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 1: Mike Milbury (R), General Manager of the New York Islanders, addresses the media following the National Hockey League Board of Governors meeting March 1, 2005 at the Westin Hotel at Times Square in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: General Manager Garth Snow (L) signs Rick DiPietro (R) to a 15 year contract with the New York Islanders on September 12, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Contracts

Garth Snow has certainly given out some poor contracts in his day. We’ll start with some of the bad before we get to some of the team friendly ones.

In more recent history the Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck contracts look to be a problem for the foreseeable future. It’s not just the length of the deal, each over four years, it’s the cap number.

Cizikas went from making $1 million, which is a completely fair deal to $3.35 million. Why that much of an increase? Clutterbuck went from making $2.75 million which again is an okay deal for him to a $3.5 million cap hit over five years. Then Ladd went from a five year deal with a $4.4 million cap hit to a seven-year deal with a $5.5 million cap hit.

This kind of reckless spending and term has really set the Islanders back in some aspects.

Although it wouldn’t be fair to not mention some of his better deals. John Tavares at a $5.5 million cap hit over the past six years has been a God sent.

Having Nick Leddy at a $5.5 million cap hit for seven years is also a fantastic deal for the Islanders. Heck, even extending Josh Bailey for six-years $5 million seems like a steal if he keeps producing at this level.

There’s been some really good deals and some really bad deals which will give him another mediocre grade in this category.

Grade: 5/10

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