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The New York Islanders Have No One To Blame But Themselves

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UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 22: (l-r) New York Islanders partners Scott Malkin, Charles Wang and Jon Ledecky, along with general manager Garth Snow pose for a photo opportunity during a press conference at Nassau Coliseum on October 22, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 22: (l-r) New York Islanders partners Scott Malkin, Charles Wang and Jon Ledecky, along with general manager Garth Snow pose for a photo opportunity during a press conference at Nassau Coliseum on October 22, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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)

Garth Snow, General Manager

Claim to Fame: Injuries and two lottery picks.

I could ramble on and on but I’m sure we already know all the negatives of our beloved GM. How Snow has had a longer tenure than some of his NY sports counterparts over the years is beyond me.

But once again, a team that he put together failed to reach the postseason. The excuse this year was injuries, the injuries caused the Isles to miss the playoffs. My question is, teams experience injuries every year so isn’t it your duty as a GM to have adequate depth pieces for when the injuries occur?

Then again, it’s okay because we have two lottery picks this year. Note the sarcasm, because there’s a good chance those picks will fail to develop because they’re playing third line minutes up in Bridgeport.

An honorable mention should also be given to Snow’s inactivity at the trade deadline.

The team needed help and he did absolutely nothing of significance. Brandon Davidson looks like a solid defenseman but he isn’t a game changer by any means. It was shocking he was able to trade Jason Chimera, but leave it to Garth to get back a player who was even worse.

Garth had the assets, two firsts are very valuable, and held on to them because of the Tavares situation. This was a situation that should’ve been resolved long ago and now we have to trust Snow to through one of its most crucial points in its history.

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