New York Islanders Lou Lamoriello’s Five Priorities on To-Do List
Fire Garth Snow, Appoint
Do it in whatever way works best. If Lou wants to do right by a fellow colleague and make him a “special advisor” to the President of Hockey Operations and incentivize Garth to leave, then go for it. Again, whatever works.
For 12 years the New York Islanders have been completely at the control of Garth Snow. In those 12 years, Snow built a team that won a single playoff series. That’s it. No division titles. No conference titles in either the playoffs or the regular season. A single playoff series win, that’s it.
The Golden Knights are in year one and already they’re already in a Stanley Cup final. With a team of misfits assembled piece-mele at the expansion draft.
Garth has had 12 years to draft, trade, and attract free agents to build a team that can compete. And in 2017-18 his team missed the playoffs by 17 points. *insert sarcastic slow clap here*
It’s clear that Garth Snow needs to go. If every coach has a shelf life, then so does every GM. After a while, his tactics just don’t work anymore. To be fair to Garth, not everything he’s done is a complete failure.
Garth’s made some good trades, but they’ve all come at the expense of Peter Chiarelli (except for the Nick Leddy trade). Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, and Anthony Beauvillier. They were all acquired through trade with Chiarelli.
So congrats to Garth for finding the one GM who’s worse than him and exploiting the situation. Again, *insert sarcastic slow clap here*