Highlights of GM Garth Snow's 6/15 Interview

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/15/2010 07:52:00 PM |
New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow appeared on NHL Live 6/15 with an interview running around from 1:03 mark to 1:15 mark.

Updated: Direct link now posted (above) from Isles website.

Skipping the generic discussion about finals, general NHL discussion, and some of the blanket praise he had for all of his players/prospects.

Paraphrasing a bit, but mostly word for word from the general manager:

Doug Weight-In plans, close to a deal, discussed injuries, and leadership/experience, looking forward to him being in lineup.

Draft-Some things could unfold, will get really good player with fifth pick, discussed recent draft day history/strategy.

Calvin deHaan-Will be at Isles mini camp in July, almost made team last year, expected to be ready for full September camp and attend Canadian camp, but not participate. Also discussed his ability, to read ice, make first pass.

John Tavares-Special player and person who had great year, seamless transition to NHL from juniors.

Rick DiPietro/Goaltending-Will get better read when he steps on ice in summer and is training hard, this will play itself out in terms of how many games he can play.

Discussed Roloson being back, depth with Koskinen, Poulin in Bridgeport. Said he has to send qualifying offer to Nate Lawson, who talked about his save percentage, high level of play who could come up in a pinch and provide quality minutes.

Kyle Okposo-Great job in his transition at such a young age from college to pro, discussed his leadership.

Richard Park-Did not answer question about his return, but about how he can fill any role and will have spot in this league, praising his leadership/contribution whether it be here or somewhere else.

Jeff Tambellini-Will be decided after amateur meetings going into draft, not ready to define roster/limited contracts and roster spots but will make decision when time is right.

Aaron Ness-Will be at July prospect camp, good chance to gauge where he is in development, praised skating, upside, and will have discussions with him.

Lighthouse-Little information, not much to add with focus on hockey ops, working on draft.

NYIFC Comments:
Nothing ground-breaking from the gm, we now know Nate Lawson will be qualified and perhaps three goaltenders who should start and play fifty plus games could be in Bridgeport. I'm not a fan of bringing back Weight because they need a productive scoring veteran forward, but not my decision.

Seems like a no on Jeff Tambellini and Richard Park, but we saw Andy Hilbert enter UFA and resign here.

Not many roster spots available here folks, again we can talk cap and free agents but you need job openings. If Kohn, Reese or other prospects make this defense with Martinek that's about nine plus defenders, not even counting Brendan Witt.


Fill in the blanks from Bridgeport with Joensuu, Figren, Marcinko, Matt Martin, or a college graduated prospect like Rhett Rakhshani, plus who knows if another Matt Moulson or Trevor Smith breaks through from summer signings?

Cannot sign five UFA on 7/1 and go with thirty plus NHL contracts, does not work that way.

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