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06-01-2012, 07:14 PM
A Pointed Stick
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Lord knows I've defended Snow (and to a lesser degree Wang) these past few years. I submit that both sides (the yeas and nays as it were) are correct here.
The yeas say that the rebuild is going as planned, that Snow has shrewdly stocked the cupboards with an array of prospects- phrases like "few high end" and "good depth" come to mind immediately, and I can't disagree. It's also said the team is experiencing slow but steady improvement.
The nays all but admit this when they change their tune- and say that little progress might as well be no progress at all under this regime.
And therein lays the answer.
Snow is not spending money of free agents unless they fit a certain mold: young, and either on a long-term contract, or free to sign one. Notice that I didn't mention a salary restriction here- Snow foray into recent free agent markets shows this (as with Ehroff). It could be argued that Snow realizes no one will sign here, regardless of dollar signs (I'm looking at you Paul Martin), and so he is free to appear like a big-time player July 1st.
Snow signs poor players cause he has to fill spots. But staying weak is also a bit of a choice here- why get good enough to just make the playoffs- when if you suffer a little while longer, it should pay off more in the future.
Just how far into the future are we
is the question. Well, we're not at the point where we're re-stocking at the draft now. Moving up for players like de Haan and Nelson proves this much. There are modest point gains in the standings, and important games after Christmas now. The team has finally taken a stand on the goaltending issue with Nabokov (and, I might add, not rushing one or both of Poulin and Nilsson in his stead). We can look forward to improvement in JT and Hamonic, as well with the likes of Nino, Bailey, and Okposo.
And there's the argument- the nays certainly have a point when they say the youngsters aren't growing up fast enough. Snow knows this. But I also think he realizes that the Islanders will never get their first (or second or third for that matter) choice during free agency periods...so why move further away from your best (only source) of top talent?
A spot in the draft lottery is a necessary evil. To just make the playoffs
It's franchise suicide, and Snow knows it. It's bad enough with a poor arena and young struggling team
People have to compare the Islanders to a middle of the road team that has decided to rebuild- not a struggling franchise who's former GM left neither prospects nor picks in the draft cupboard. To wit: the Islanders should get a pass here on the average fan-patient meter, and consider the Milbury years as successful ones- since this is a way to frame the situation that explains our poor asset management. Good teams wouldn't be picking very high, and shouldn't have much to show for it.
But he threw both Nino & Bailey under the bus, is threatening to do the same with CdH and Strome, and we are at a point now where not trading for some better help on defense (at the very minimum) is hurting the development of guys like Tavares. That is glaringly absent from your formula.
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