New York Islanders GM Garth Snow feels that his team are close to a Stanley Cup. As they are currently constructed there’s no way that happens. So what would it take to turn this team into a true cup contender?
There’s a reason it’s laughable to believe that the New York Islanders, as currently constructed, could win the Stanley Cup. First and foremost is the simple fact that they ended the 2017-18 NHL season 17 points out of the playoffs. They weren’t good enough to make the postseason and thus aren’t good enough to win the cup.
But that’s assuming they stay as they are. As in they don’t add or shed any players.
And as we know they could at the very least shed a superstar center in John Tavares and maybe even a few depth defensemen in Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey before the 2018-19 NHL season starts up.
And that’s not even considering the aging unrestricted free agents on bloated contracts that should go.
But with all that in mind, how can the New York Islanders turn themselves into a Stanley Cup contender next season. How can they move from out of the playoffs to winning the ultimate prize?
For this I’m going to assume that Garth Snow is still in his job, because he will. There’s no reason to believe otherwise. But I’m also going to assume that he does exactly what I tell him to do with these suggestions.