In our last episode we talked about the New York Islanders ridiculous conundrum that they themselves put themselves in; what do they do about the management of the team?
It’s a bewildering situation for all New York Islanders fans. We have no idea what’s going on with the management of the hockey team.
Garth Snow has been a failure in his job for years. He has his moments here and there – the Ryan Strome/Jordan Eberle trade or the Griffin Reinhart trade – but largely he’s been a failure. But for some reason, he stays in the GM job.
Why? Why?! Because of a ridiculous contract given to him by now minority owner Charles Wang? Because the owners were too busy getting an arena that they forgot to evaluate the performance of their employees?
We don’t pretend to have the answers but we try and figure out what’s going on with the franchise, and what might happen.
What Else Do We Talk About?
It’s not all about the direction of the franchise – although kind of – with the season now over we have the chance to look at and grade player performances over the years
- We spend a considerable amount of time looking at the Islanders fourth line and how good or bad it is compared to the rest of the NHL’s fourth line. (Turns out they weren’t good.)
- Mitch takes too much time from the show to talk about relative stats and Corsi.
- We “Yay or Nay” grades we gave to a number of New York Islanders players, like John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, and Brock Nelson.
- Following in negative fashion, the Islanders AHL affiliate has now missed the AHL playoffs for the 15th year in a row. Does it matter?
- Finally, if you had to grade Garth Snow’s season based on the Expansion and Entry Draft, Trades, Free Agency, or On Ice Success, what would you give him? An ‘F’ right? It has to be an ‘F’.
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