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Isles GM says Habs’ offer was easily the best for Vanek

Mar 5, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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When many people compare what the New York Islanders received for Thomas Vanek to smaller name deals – or even the original trade that landed him on Long Island – the Isles’ takeaway won’t look sterling. GM Garth Snow insisted that it was the best trade he could make in what he called a slow market, however.

“There wasn’t the same action you usually see at the trade deadline,” Snow said.

The former NHL goalie said the Islanders were “very fortunate” to land the package of a conditional second-round pick and prospect Sebastian Collberg, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

The overall takeaway from shipping away Matt Moulson and eventually Vanek doesn’t look great to many, yet Snow insists that the Islanders have some chips to work with going forward.

It’s reasonable to ask if Snow will be around to cash in those chips after an increasingly rough 2013-14 season.

  1. bagjr387 - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Snow should have tried to be a goal-tending coach or something…Because he is dismantling the Islanders…How can you explain what happened with Vanek? You can’t…You gave up a fortune for him, knowing he wasn’t going to want to be in NY and then you dumped him for a fraction of what you gave up…Glad I am not a Islanders fan

    • elrock7 - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Snow is horrible but dismantling the Isles? Time to wake up, they were dismantled in the 80s.

      • j4lambert - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        Capuano will leave the team at the end of the season, thanks to the trade.

  2. powerpop18 - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Maybe Wang will fall for this load of crap, but anyone with the IQ of a monkey will see the idiocy of Snow’s reign of mediocracy. He’s hoping this is his last act as GM.

  3. valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    I for one, do not believe this was his best offer. I think he asked for too much and suitors went elsewhere. Snow did accept the best offer left at 3pm or lose him for nothing.

  4. csilojohnson - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    ouch i agree. sucks to be an islanders fan right now.

  5. pirovash88 - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    To say the Islanders were “very fortunate” with that deal is ridiculous. Vanek was worth a lot more than that, anyone who’s watched him play would know that.

  6. raiderufan - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Snow got fleeced in every way and should be fired tonight. This team not only didnt get better in this….they got worse and left themselves with considerably less resources. This is a set a team back for years set of moves.

  7. scottybcboy - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Wow! Love how everyone has an opinion about what they would have done, yet no one knows what the true landscape was.
    Sure, he misread what the market would be when he traded for Vanek, but you can’t say he could have gotten a better deal…….without actually being in the room.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      The guys on TSN were speculating that the reason Snow went with the offer from Montreal is because he didn’t have to pick up any of Vanek’s contract whereas the competing offers insisted he eat some of it. That seems plausible, given the stingy ownership in NYI

    • elrock7 - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Snow is an embarrassment. DiPietro…and right down the line.

      Amityville horror!

      • mattymarts17 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:38 AM

        Native iof Amityville?! Nice! Itf you aren’t there anymore it’s still the same lol! Now, back to being completely depressed and embarassed to be an islander fan…

      • hockeyshark13 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        For the millionth time: MILBURY DRAFTED DIPIETRO not snow! Next time, Elrock, Fact check before you blame somebody for something they didnt do.

  8. Wineshard - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Does Garth Snow wear an over-sized suit in the boardroom, kinda like his over-sized shoulder pads when he played goal?

    Overrated as a player and under performing as a suit.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      I can’t defend Snow with in this whole Vanek fiasco, but more generally anybody in the role of Isles GM, i.e. with the mandate to spend as little as possible, is in a good position to under-perform.

      • elrock7 - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Don’t understand why anyone would want to own a pro sports team without spending the resources to make the team relevant.

        Isles fans should boycott til this jackass sells the team.

  9. joey4id - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    imgoingtowichita, imgoingtowichita, imgoingtowichita, Like I wrote earlier. It was this or nothing.

  10. bcisleman - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I don’t know what other offers Garth got. I do know that JT and KO had breakout years this year that they might not have had but for the trade. We also do not know where Vanek will sign this summer or what kind of player Collberg, a top prospect, will turn out to be. The return was disappointing but the criticisms of Snow, as usual, are way overblowm.

    • dueman - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Quit drinking the kool-aid dude. Repeating the same comment over and over again will not give it any more credibility.

    • bsaures - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Collberg wasnt even in montreals top 5 prospects. He is still several years away from the NHL at age 20 (montreal wouldnt even keep him on the farm team this year) if he ever makes it at all. He isnt big either at 5 ’11 180 lbs. Oh and he has had concussion problems to top it all off

  11. imgoingtowichita - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Hi Joseph,
    I hope you only typed once and then copied and pasted?
    Joey absolutely knows hockey! When Cherry retires, I can’t wait to watch you hash it out with Ron Maclean on HNIC!

  12. sharksfan97 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Garth Snow’s ineptitude is amazing to watch.

  13. kingsfan93 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    G. Snow is a JOKE to this NYI franchise. He doesn’t have the right mindset or the ethics of a General Manager. I don’t know how he continues to still be the GM of the NY Islanders. Why don’t G. Snow instead be a goaltender consultant? Since he was a goalie at one point.

    This team has been losing for countless years already. When is this team going to clean house with the management, coaching staff, and etc… to get this team in the right direction? This team is not going to win or stop losing money as long as C. Wang (CEO of NYI) continues to be so blind by keeping G. Snow around.

    The Fans deserve better than this.

  14. hankg42 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    As a long time Islander fan, I wonder has there ever been 3 worse GMs to manage a single club than Don Maloney, Mike Milbury, and now Garth Snow?

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