7/1: Ct Post Snow also spoke about his depth, and some of the new signings commented.
Three players, center Cory Conacher, goaltender Chad Johnson and defenseman T.J. Brennan received one-way deals from the Islanders, while Kael Mouillierat, David Leggio, Jack Skille and Harry Zolniercyk received two-way contracts.
“Cory is a young player who has had a lot of success at the AHL and NHL levels.” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “For us, the versatility to move him around the lineup was appealing.”
“We had a need for a backup goalie and Johnson had an excellent season last year,” Snow said. “We feel that he’s going to be more than capable to partner up with Halak. He’s someone who we’ve watched in the AHL and last year was his first stint in the NHL and he performed at a high level.”
As the first day of free agency became the first night of free agency, Snow confirmed that pitches and negotiations were ongoing.
“We’re always looking to improve the team,” Snow said. “We feel we’ve accomplished that today with our signings. We will continue to look at other possible options to help our team return to the playoffs.”
What would you have me write?
It was a mediocre UFA class, and many of these players have a ton of downside. Snow reportedly made huge offers with Wang's money for Iginla, Boyle (both over 35 contracts) who could retire/stick team with cap hit.
They made another run at Vanek, (finished second) who lost thirty million dollars of his value signing with the Wild.
Bottom line Snow failed, he tried to sign those players so he feels his roster has holes, and could not address them, it did not seem to be for a lack of trying so what else can be written?
Moulson lost from his six million a year also.
Many other teams were in the bidding and lost out also.
Best of luck to them, and Nabokov.
Many other organizations lost many players today, this team lost Nabokov so the thirteen signed/qualified forwards could not all stay.
Not a fan of these signings, they seem to have too many AHL defenders, Conacher deserves no shot over Nelson, Strome, Lee in the top six.
Long summer ahead, we'll see.
Bridgeport needed a major restocking at forward.