It happened again..
Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow, takes months of criticism and hate-fueled comments, just to turn around and spit everyone’s words down our throats.
Garth did so by signing Goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a 4-year contract worth $18Mil.
Back in February, Garth caught flack for sending his entire 2013 offseason, Pierre Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin, to Chicago for their 4th round pick in the upcoming draft. Not the most beautiful of trades in the eyes of the Islanders faithful, but what followed is what officially put Snow on the hot seat.
The low bringback for PMB and Regin was followed up by two weak deals involving upcoming Free Agents, Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Vanek, each bringing back B+ prospects and mid-level draft picks.
Garth was catching heat from left and right, even taking shots from the crew at TSN, who called the team a “Tire fire” – which wasn’t too hard to agree with at the time.
All of that changed May 1st, when the Islanders announced they had acquired the rights Goaltender Jaroslav Halak from Washington.
Halak, a 28 year old tender from Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (Now Slovakia) who boasts a modest 2.38 GAA and a career S% of .918, deece to say the least.
What did big, bad, Garth give up to acquire the negotiation rights to such a quality goaltender?
Tavares and a 3rd? Grabner and Bailey? Reinhart and a 3rd to Edmonton in a three team deal??
The 4th round pick from Chicago, acquired for the now AHL ridden PMB, and 4th line playing Regin.
A quality tender, signed mid-term, for relatively cheap, what’s not to like?
Connor F Moire
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This article was previously written on May 22nd