Islanders Rumors & News
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So with the trade deadline ending soon…Oh wait, what? The deadline already passed? Are you sure?

So with the trade deadline ending on Tuesday, the Islanders did not add any pieces that help them, right now. Personally as a fan, I wanted the Islanders to be sellers and stockpile draft picks. I think most fans can agree that this team is not going to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. With players such as Ruslan Fedotenko and Miro Satan in the final year of their contracts, I was expecting to say “goodbye” to certain players and “hello” to draft picks. wang_snow.jpgThe Islanders did welcome some draft picks but the aforementioned players were not moved. GM Garth Snow did some tweaking. But before any trades were made the Islanders decided to lock up forwards Trent Hunter and Mike Comrie to a 5 year and 1 year deal respectively. Snow’s first trade of the day sent a 7th round draft pick to San Jose for stay-at-home defenseman Rob Davison. Snow then sent outlaw Chris Simon to an aptly named team, The Wild, for a 6th round draft pick. D-Man Marc Andre Bergeron was then shipped to Anaheim for a 3rd round draft pick.

Although the 2 draft picks were less than I was hoping for, I had to stop and realize something: The events of Tuesdays deadline showed that the days of the wheeling, dealing, and fate sealing days of “Mad” Mike Milbury were long gone. If this was 4 years ago with the Islanders on the fringe of the playoffs, Milbury would have flushed out the Farm System to get a big name player. Throwing away the future for a long-shot. But not anymore. Garth Snow stuck to his guns and did not mortgage the future by trying to make a splash.

tambellini120207n.jpgSnow was also between a rock and a hard place. I’m sure he wanted to try and trade his players for draft picks but you still need to put a product out on the ice. Snow had to have been feeling the heat from Owner Charles Wang. Wang has been losing $20 million dollars per season the last few years and surely he was not interested in putting a lesser team on the ice (especially with the impending development of the Lighthouse Project). The Islanders are already struggling to put fans in the seats and shipping off some of their better known players would not have helped that cause.

Although the deadline was rather dull from an Islanders fans perspective, maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Garth Snow, at least so far, has proven to be a competent GM and did not throw away our future. With 2 extra draft picks in this years draft, which is supposedly the deepest draft in years, the Islanders might be able to find some impact players. In addition to the draft picks, the recent play of Blake Comeau, Frans Nielsen and Jeff Tambellini, the “kids” are proving that maybe the Islanders have a future. With the likes of Kyle Okposo and Dustin Kohn still down in Bridgeport maybe there is something for fans to look forward to. All of this because Garth Snow did not budge from his position.

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