For the first time in a long time, the Islanders might have some margin for error heading into a season.
Garth Snow spent nearly $37 million on veteran free agent forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin on Wednesday and then went on WFAN with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Thursday to talk about it.
After having a somewhat disappointing opening day of free agency, the Islanders bounced back on Day 2, reaching agreements with a pair of veteran forwards.
It’s no secret the biggest problem the Islanders had during the 2013-14 season was goaltending. It shouldn’t be a problem anymore.
Free agency opens up on Tuesday and, with it, Garth Snow’s window to piece together a competitive roster. This is easily the most important summer of his tenure and, arguably, the most important one in the history of the Islanders.
The Islanders generally don’t give up on young talent. But that doesn’t mean at this point they won’t move a player in the right deal.
The Islanders are at a crossroads and have a lot of questions to answer this offseason. I figured I’d sit down with Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien and ask him a few of those questions.
For most teams, the offseason begins when the Stanley Cup Final ends. The New York Islanders, however, are not like most teams. For better or for worse, their situation is unique, something general manager Garth Snow is fully aware of.
Islanders general manager Garth Snow continued his proactive approach to the offseason on Thursday, sending a conditional fifth round pick in the 2015 draft to the San Jose Sharks for the rights to veteran defenseman Dan Boyle.
Someone had to be the pioneer. Regardless if Jaroslav Halak knows it or not, his signing with the Islanders on Thursday was a really big deal.
Desperate to upgrade in net, the Islanders attempted a low-risk, high-reward move on Thursday, acquiring the rights to impending unrestricted free agent goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals.
Don’t look so down, Jack. You get to keep your job. You have basically been cleared of wrongdoing. Garth has rightly jumped on the grenade.
“Cappy will be back,” Snow said. “If we have an opportunity to add to our staff, the way we’d look to add a player, then we’ll do that. But I don’t expect to change the current staff.”
It’s almost astounding how quickly the tides turned; how fast chants of “We Want Playoffs!” were replaced with “Fire Cappy!” and “Sell Wang Sell!” and how suddenly everything went wrong.
I don’t need to sit here and tell you about everything that’s gone wrong with the Islanders this season, but I will tell you this: By no means is this team completely lost.