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New York Islanders: An Evaluation of Garth Snow’s 2017-18 Season

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: General Manager Garth Snow of the New York Islanders watches the teams first practice at the Barclays Center on September 12, 2013 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders are due to move into the building at the start of the 2015-16 season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Free Agency

Thankfully Garth Snow stayed away from the free agency market. He clealry couldn’t be trusted after the Andrew Ladd debacle that the Islanders are currently in with another five years left on the deal.

But in terms of players already on the roster he resigned:

Calvin de Haan: 1-year $3.3 million
Dennis Seidenberg: 1-year $1.25 million
Adam Pelech: 4-years $6.4 million ($1.6 million AAV)
Scott Mayfield: 5-year $7.25 million ($1.45 million AAV)
Josh Bailey: 6-years $30 million ($5 million AAV)

Most of those are OK to great deals. The Josh Bailey one in particular could be great if he continues to be a 70 point player like he was this season.

But the biggest free agent decision that the New York Islanders have to make this season has been taken from his Garth’s desk. John Tavares contract negotiations is by all accounts part of Scott Malkin and John Ledecky’s To Do List.

"GM Garth Snow (more on him to come) has a good relationship with both Tavares and Brisson, but Malkin and co-owner Jon Ledecky have been the point people with Tavares’ agent for over a year now. According to numerous sources around the league, it has been Malkin who kept Brisson and, by extension, Tavares, apprised of the arena situation as it unfolded towards the Dec. 20 announcement. Malkin brought Brisson along to meet with Gary Bettman last offseason and Malkin has continued to make trips to Brisson’s office in Los Angeles."

Take that for what it is. Either the owners don’t trust him or they want to put their hands on this deal. Either way. The owners aren’t owning and the GM isn’t GMing when it comes to Tavares.

Grade: D- (50%)

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