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Snow ‘looking at all our options’ as Isles approach 10 games without a win

Dec 9, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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Suffice to say, frustrated Islanders fans are hoping general manager Garth Snow is considering more changes than just waiving Pierre-Marc Bouchard and calling up Ryan Strome.

This is, after all, a team that’s winless in nine and 10 points back of a playoff spot. Surely there’s more that can be done.

If there is, Snow hasn’t been willing to talk about it publicly.

“We’re looking at all our options,” he said Sunday in conversation with Newsday. “The one thing we don’t do, whether it’s with the coaches or the players, is discuss conversations with anyone in the media. All the interactions I have with our team remain private.

“Obviously, we have some key players not performing at a high enough level. I understand the frustrations of our fans. We have those same frustrations in our locker room, in the coaches’ room, for myself. We felt we had guys who were ready to take the next step. Now we’re just trying to right the ship and win a few games.”

If the Isles lose tonight in Anaheim, their winless streak will reach 10, which just so happens to match the number that led to former coach Scott Gordon’s dismissal in 2010.

Could current bench boss Jack Capuano receive a similar fate? Anything’s possible, we suppose; however, the Isles still have games in San Jose and Phoenix before they return home, and how often do you see a coach fired in the middle of a road trip?

And to be fair to Capuano, the Isles haven’t played dreadfully in their past few games, which have come against tough opponents in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Los Angeles.

Unfortunately for the 8-17-5 Isles, it’s going to take a comeback bordering on the miraculous to salvage the season. We’re talking a record in the neighborhood of 32-15-5 in their final 52 games to make the playoffs. Maybe they can get away with a few more losses if the Metropolitan Division keeps under-performing the rest of the NHL. But you get the picture — the damage has been done, and it’s considerable.

Related: Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss

  1. purpleguy - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    How about a new GM?

    • richc111 - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Really, it is weird how some of the GM’s last forever in the face of a history of losing but they always seem to be the one that is left standing.

  2. hosewater2 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Does resignation count as one of the options being considered?

  3. canucks30 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    It’s time to melt the snowman

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    oh the weather outside is frightful
    but the fire is so delightful…

    and since the isles have no where to go
    let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Not sure if I agree, but your creativity gets my up-thumb!

  5. pftfan - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    He made THREE moves in the offseason:

    1) traded 21 y/o Nino Neiderreiter (5g, 10a in 32 games) for 26 y/o Cal Clutterbuck (2g, 3a in 24 games) – FAIL

    2) signed now-waived Pierre-Marc Bouchard to fill the 1st line wing spot vacated by Brad Boyes – FAIL

    3) signed soon-to-be-waived Peter Regin to be third line center, despite having a duo of high-rated center prospects in the AHL (Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome). – FAIL

    That’s 3 for 3 in transaction fails. How does someone do that and keep their job? In any job profession?

    • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      You can’t forget the ‘success’ of the Vanek/Moulson deal, especially when what they needed was goaltending and perhaps a strong defensive presence on the back end.

      • pftfan - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Well, I did say offseason transactions which was to highlight how much Snow was resting on the laurels of the Isles’ playoff push last season.

        The Vanek/Moulson trade was an in-season overreaction (10 games in?) and a disaster in its own right.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        Oh, of course.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Never understood why he let Brad Boyes go.

      • source7769 - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        really? fans couldnt run boyes out of town fast enough halfway thru last yr , as for signing a regin and bouchard they were bargain basement deals low risk high reward better off asking why he signed a strait and carkner to deals when they needed better d men

  6. elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    GM, coach, and actually having personnel to fix issues in the lineup are more to blame than players underperforming. I’m ok with a GM doing what he can on a budget, but trading Moulson++ for Vanek doesn’t fit that profile. A move for a goalie would have made much more sense – you can bet the Canucks would have listened to an offer for a 1st and 2nd for Luongo prior to the Schneider trade.

  7. thehabsnation - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Give him another week before he makes a trade.

  8. LampyB - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Vanek may not be a disaster, hes a very high caliber player and the system the coach is running may be at fault. Hes too good to stay cold for much longer. Pribably shouldnt have traded moulson tho, the guy is a natural playmaker.

    • islanders1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      .500 before the trade and since………. Moulson was under rated by Snow now look…. Go back and watch last year and prior to the trade much higher compete from the team. JT now has to be a true 2 way center and it is hurting him and the team. Moulson 85% of the time was taking the center position in Islanders own end and is a good defender. This allowed JT to lead the break out with a simple chip up the boards. Watch the replays of last nights game JT deep and goals in the Islanders net. It does not take a hockey genius to see what the trade did to that line and the team. Vanek is a good player just not right for JT. Snow should have known bad bad trade draft picks and Moulson for a rental. The only way Vanek stays on the Island is a boat full of cash and Minnesota saying no to his agent. Besides he already makes more than JT tell me that did not …….. JT’s agent. Just a stupid idea to give up what they did to bring in a high price contract on top of it all. Snow / Wang I am sure claimed poor when extending JT then they do this crazy crazy crazy. JT will be asking for more if they can pay Vanek good thing the cap is going up. Oh gives everyone else room to sign players leaving Islanders with………

  9. lordfletcher - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I feel for Isle fans.

    Snow had you guys thinking the Nino trade was great for the franchise and then the kool aid came out again on the Vanek deal,… even worse that Vanek more than likely will not be staying in NY after this year and Snow won’t get back what he gave up for him at the deadline. If it wasn’t for JT, this team would be worse than Edmonton over the last 5 years.

    Fire Snow now!

  10. 52nites - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    You get the feeling that this team is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. No confidence. They are talented..they proved that last year. I keep thinking tonite is the nite they break out of the funk.

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