We prayed and pleaded, protested and petitioned (through billboards) for New York Islanders ownership to have accountability reign and have change for the first time in twelve years. That might have been too much to ask.
The New York Islanders have missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. It’s also the sixth time since John Tavares was drafted first overall in 2009. And, more importantly, it’s the eighth time since Garth Snow was hired as the team’s General Manager.
We’ve been hearing all year that accountability was key. Players needed to be accountable out on the ice and off the ice. We expected the same from management.
Which I suppose we should have known was nieve. Because…
…with the end of the 2017-18 season, the team is conducting exit interviews with its players over the next two days. Leading these interviews are GM Garth Snow and Head Coach Doug Weight.
While that doesn’t confirm that they’re keeping their jobs, but it’s a good assumption that they will. If the GM and Coach are conducting exit interviews they’re likely to return next season.
Which, if we’re being honest, we all knew was going to happen. Deep down we all knew that Garth Snow would be back again next season.
If the owners were going to fire Garth Snow for missing the playoffs, last year would have been the time to do it. The Isles missed the postseason by a single point because Garth chose to give his friend Jack Capuano more time.
But the owners didn’t fire him, even after being pretty clear what the expectations were for the 2017-18 NHL season:
"“What’s the standard?” he asked. “We won the first round. We went to the second round. The standard this year has to be, you won the second round and went to the third round. And eventually you have to hoist the Stanley Cup, because that’s what the fans demand. They demand that excellence, on the ice and off the ice.”"
So why would they fire him now? Because he missed the playoffs again? And this time by 17 points? In any other job that’s a fireable offense. But this isn’t any normal job. Garth has a job for life with that crazy contract he got from parting majority Owner Charles Wang.
Maybe by tomorrow this all changes, and Garth Snow is giving his exit interview to the fans. But I have no reason to believe it will and nor should you.