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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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INGLEWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Head coach Mike Milbury of the New York Islanders looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Kings on November 16, 1995 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The Kings won the game, 9-2. (Photo by Glenn Cratty/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Head coach Mike Milbury of the New York Islanders looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Kings on November 16, 1995 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The Kings won the game, 9-2. (Photo by Glenn Cratty/Getty Images)

Roster Construction

There’s no doubt that Mike Milbury had no idea what he was doing at the start of his tenure. Afterall, he was a coach who got moved upstairs cause no one else wanted to be GM.

He had no idea how to put together a roster that could compete and maybe even win. For his first five seasons, Milbury’s teams didn’t make the playoffs. In three of those seasons, the Islanders failed to get 60 points on the board.

In the other two, the Islanders got 70+ points…and still missed the playoffs.

Look, the Islanders didn’t make the playoffs till year six of Milbury’s tenure. That was the season that Milbury acquired Alexei Yashin for a treasure trove of young players. It was also the season Milbury acquired Michael Peca from the Buffalo Sabres for Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt.

With the two, Milbury had his one-two punch down the middle. And it worked. In 2001-2002 the Islanders put together a 42-28-8-4 record for 96 points and second in the then Atlantic Division.

More importantly, they made the playoffs. The Islanders would actually make the playoffs for the next three seasons. Until the lockout broke their momentum.

The Islanders never passed the first round once they got to the playoffs. But they made it! And Mike deserves some credit for that. Some. I didn’t say a tone of credit. They still didn’t amount to anything when they got there.

Grade: 5/10

Final Grade: 11.5/30

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Mike Milbury takes the trophy for the New York Islanders worst General Manager ever. Of course, this is all based on what has so far happened. As we know, Garth Snow is still employed and thus still has time to see his stock plummet. Like if he let John Tavares walk in free agency. That has to drop him passed Milbury.

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