Kevin SchultzYesterday afternoon, Garth Snow was on Joe and Evan on WFAN to discuss the team’s recent signings and season. You can listen to the full audio here, and below are some of the interesting points.
Was asked about the team not spending a lot of money on players:
I mean that’s a sidestep, because it doesn’t address spending on free agents that until this summer wasn’t there. Well, we don’t spend because our players are young is a cop out. Although Snow does address the troubles in getting free agents later on saying, “when I signed here as a free agent, I got here spent my off-season here and it’s a wonderful place. But when I was a player on another team all I saw was the Marriott, that parking lot and the Coliseum and I was out of town.”
On Thomas Vanek:
— Matt Moulson
“That was a pending free agent that we were going to lose anyway… The situation we were in October. I had made a call to Matt Moulson’s agent to gauge the interest in an extension and what that cost might be. At that point I made the determination that it was a pending UFA that wasn’t going to come back to us and I think you saw the contract he got. For me, I had a free agent to be and I traded him for another player who was a free agent to be, who by the way is an elite player in this league. He came in and helped Tavares before the Olympics he was second in the league in scoring and Okposo was fifth or sixth. We had one of the top lines in the league and Thomas Vanek was a point a game player and helped the productivity of that line. And for me, Vanek to have a former 40-goal scorer… helped me make my decision, we have a chance to improve, our team wasn’t playing well at the beginning of the season and I’d rather make a move like that rather than let it fall by the wayside.”
On goaltending, interviewer says the reason the Islanders lost to Pittsburgh was goaltending:
On getting a top-five (four?) defenseman:
How big a difference Barclays Center/Brooklyn will make on the franchise:
Over at TSN, Scott Cullen decided to take the opportunity not to
shit on the Islanders but to actually analyze the signings of Grabbo and Kulemin. It’s a good read.
Grabovski has scored 20 or more goals three times and topped 50 points twice. His career points per game of 0.59 works out to 48 points over an 82-game schedule, so maybe something around a 50-point season is the best-case scenario, but if Grabovski can put up between 40 and 50 points with typically strong possession stats over the course of his contract, he will be a solid addition for the Islanders.
Also: Garik over at LHH on the possible trade targets on defense… Here’s Art Staple on SiriusXM… Everyone’s on the radio. Chris Botta on TSN yesterday said he knows the NHL put Charles Wang and Andrew Barroway together to try and make a deal for the team. He also said that he’s not convinced Wang is ready to walk away from majority ownership.
And finally… Darren Dreger on the Islanders newest signings: