Is Garth Snow Looking for a Trade Partner?

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

In the midst of the Islanders November tailspin — 2-10-1 in their last 13, if you’re counting — multiple reports have GM Garth Snow looking to make a trade to improve the team. 

On Friday after the Islanders 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Detroit, ESPN’s well-connected Pierre LeBrun noted that Snow is making the rounds looking for a trade partner:

But perhaps the real story here is the continued malaise of the Isles, who have dropped five straight and are 2-10-0 in their past dozen games. Something’s got to give on Long Island. Sources from other teams suggest GM Garth Snow has been phoning around trying to find a match on the trade front. This is a team that needs upgrades on defense and in goal.

Today in the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch said much of the same but added Ryan Miller’s name into the mix (nevermind that he thinks last spring’s playoff series went seven games, instead of six).

The New York Islanders haven’t lived up to the expectations they made for themselves after pushing the Pittsburgh Penguins to the limit with a seven-game series last spring.

That has GM Garth Snow working the phones.

Two league executives told the Sun that Snow has been working the phones to see if he can get a goaltender to try to get the club back on track in the race for the post-seaason.

However, Garrioch says that the Islanders’ “ideal scenario” is to convince Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller to waive his no-trade clause for a half-season stint on Long Island. There’s two problems with the Miller scenario; 1) are the Islanders willing — or even able — to part with more picks, which is what Buffalo wants to further its rebuild? That may not be wise. 2) Miller is only a rental for a season that is already nearing life support, so is it worth it? Maybe the team should find a cheaper rental or a longer-term option and pursue Miller when he hits the open market in the summer (if, of course, they’re actually willing to spend the money).

Some interesting options do exist with other teams outside of Buffalo.

Anaheim has an excess of netminders and are a good non-conference trading partner. In Anaheim, there is a back log of netminders consisting of UFA-to-be Jonas Hiller, high-priced and late-blooming prospect Viktor Fasth and 24-year old Frederik Andersen, who has put up excellent numbers at every level (albeit in small samples).

The Leafs also seem to be a match for the Islanders as they need help in areas other than goaltending. It seems unlikely, but maybe the Islanders could pry James Reimer away from Toronto. The Leafs are  in a tailspin of their own but goaltending isn’t the issue, as Reimer and Jonathan Bernier have put up solid numbers. To add to that, both Reimer and Bernier are restricted when their contracts are up so they could be long-term options.

Even in Carolina, despite the injuries to Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, Justin Peters has proven to be a capable stop-gap with a .920 SVP in 10 games. It would be a gamble but would also come at a lower price.

For my money, the high-priced rental of Miller doesn’t make sense unless all of these options are completely off the table. 

12 comments
Kevin Alfieri
Kevin Alfieri

Too late. Season is over. With the absurdity of 3 point games, you can't fall this far back and make up any real ground. Everyone knew the defense was a problem in the summer, as was the goaltending. Snow did nothing to improve it, and now we are all stuck watching this crap again for 4.5 more months to see what poition we will draft. And while e are at it, how does Capuano still have a job anyway?

James Webler
James Webler

And why Neil Smith who won a cup got 2 weeks and Garth has gotten the past 8 is baffling

James Webler
James Webler

There is a 0% that Pat Lafontaine's first order of business is a trade with Charles Wang who has treated him terrible for the last 5 years.

Jonathan Meyer
Jonathan Meyer

I wouldn't trade for miller. too old, too much cost, and he'll leave in 6 months. unless mr. snow can come up with a solid defense and a solid goalie who may be here longer than 6 months, then I bet on no trade. every GM knows he's desperate and will seek to fleece him. and i agree with an earlier post…this should have been done earlier. everyone and their grandmother knew this team wasn't solidified the way it was supposed to be.

Tom Joseph
Tom Joseph

Ha! Who owns tge Chiefs? OWNNNNZ. OWWWWNZ.

Chris MacCumber
Chris MacCumber

Go for a Ducks goalie that organization is money with their goalies!

Tom Joseph
Tom Joseph

Maybe we can pick up some players from the Charleston Chiefs?

Gino Mattucci
Gino Mattucci

too late should have already been done over the summer. lazy and dumb on snows part

Kevin Cardone
Kevin Cardone

Well hope if Garth makes a trade doesn't ruin team even more.. let me trade our second best goalscorer , 1st round dp and a second rd dp for I guy that's going to be a free agent.. also the guy they gave up was taveras best friend too.. ps dont trade strome..