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Sat 03 Jul 2010
ARTHUR STAPLE

Unfortunately, Islanders fans, it is the building.

Garth Snow and the Isles got on the free-agent scoreboard Friday, adding four players, including veteran defensemen Mark Eaton and Milan Jurcina . Eaton won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 and Penguins general manager Ray Shero called him "a quiet leader for us."

That's the good news.

The bad news is this: Snow made a tremendous pitch to get one of the elite free-agent defensemen, but they signed elsewhere Thursday. Paul Martin got a better offer from the Islanders than the five-year, $25- million contract he signed with the Penguins; Dan Hamhuis got a better offer from the Islanders than the six-year, $27-million deal he signed with the Canucks.

Former Devils defenseman Martin talked directly with Snow and asked him point-blank about Nassau Coliseum and what the situation was with the building, with the proposed Lighthouse project, with all of it.

"Garth was honest with him," Ben Hankinson, Martin 's agent, told Newsday. "Garth said the team was there for five more years. And I could just see it in Paul 's face . . . That building is going to be a huge hurdle for Garth to overcome with free agents like Paul ..."
Two Gophers turning down the Islanders because they don't have a properly developed arena. Good times.

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