Maybe the point is that the Islanders don’t want their fans to think things have changed. Maybe the point is to get people to think that they are close to the culmination of long-term plan — well, a very-long-term plan — and that patience remains the most important virtue. But goodness, how can the recent words of general manager Garth Snow not smack of “Same Old Islanders?” What kind of reaction did Snow think was going to come when, according to Newsday, he said that his two first-round picks and two second-round picks in the upcoming draft are not going to be used on rental players. “I don’t think we’re in that position. Just doesn’t make sense,” Snow said. If that is Snow admitting that his team just isn’t very good, that’s one thing. Just outside of the playoff picture on Friday morning, having gone 3-5-2 in their previous 10 and 6-10-2 in their previous 18, he might be right. Tough to argue when a player like Jack Eichel — maybe one of two players on the Sabres roster you have to key on — has this much space to score, like he did during another disheartening loss, a 4-3 defeat in Buffalo on Thursday night.
Islanders’ trade deadline plan is ultimate John Tavares gamble
New York Post | Feb 9