The Garth Snow era is over for the New York Islanders. For 12 years he sat at the helm. Twelve years of mistakes. Here are his top five.
The New York Islanders are finally free of Garth Snow. Today the team announced that both he and Head Coach Doug Weight have been relieved of their duties by President of Hockey Operations Lou Lamoriello.
Lou justified the moves as the Islanders needing a “culture change”. Amen. Did they ever need one. For 12 years Garth Snow sat as the General Manager, President of Hockey Operations and Alternate Governor for the New York Islanders.
For 12 years Garth Snow was the one to make any and all decisions for the New York Islanders. Trades, free agency, and drafts. Garth Snow steered this franchise for 12 years. His crowning achievement was winning a single playoff series. Just one. In 12 years.
He had a few bright spots. Namely trading Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers. A trade that resulted in the Islanders picking Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier in the 2015 NHL draft. But Garth also had a long list of blunders to his name.
Sure, every GM makes a mistake. But Garth Snow didn’t just have the one bad contract. Or the one bad trade on his GM resume. He had poor free agency periods, back-to-back poor draft picks, or smug decisions that backfired spectacularly.
Narrowing it down to five wasn’t easy. But the Eyes on Isles staff figured this was Garth Snow’s top five blunders as General Manager of the New York Islanders.
If we missed one, add it in the comments.