FREE AGENCY UPDATE: Looking to Strike a Deal

Sunday, 07.1.2007 / 5:41 PM ET / News
By Chris Botta
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FREE AGENCY UPDATE: Looking to Strike a Deal
Snow says Islanders have a few deals in the works

Islanders GM Garth Snow emerged from his office at 5:30 pm to provide an update for his team’s fans during the first day of free agency in the NHL.

“We dropped a lot of lines in the water in the first two hours,” said Snow. “Some discussions ended quickly, some are still very much on-going. I don’t know yet if we’ll have anything to announce sometime tonight, but we are definitely working on a few deals. Way too early to tell. We’re going to be here a while.”

The general manager acknowledged he was interested in bringing former Islander (and longtime Snow friend) Mathieu Schneider back to Long Island. “There was some genuine interest there and we had a discussion,” said Snow, “but Matt had the opportunity to join the Stanley Cup champs on a very lucrative deal. I’m happy for him.”

The pursuit of a veteran defenseman continues as Tom Poti signed a four-year deal this afternoon with the Washington Capitals. “We pretty much expected to see Tom sign with another team today or tomorrow,” said Snow. “As I mentioned this morning, the climate for deals for solid defensemen changed a lot over the last few weeks. We thank Tom for his contributions to the Islanders last season and wish him the best in Washington.”

Snow continues to be joined by pro scouting director Ken Morrow and head coach Ted Nolan in his bunker at the Coliseum. The walls of his office are completely filled with vital information such as the names of the available top free agents, the depth charts of every NHL franchise and the priority list by position of Snow and his staff. Don’t mistake the lack of a signing – so far – as evidence all is quiet in Islanders Country.

“We are not going to jump into a deal that’s not in both the short-term and long-term best interests of the Islanders,” said Snow. “I’m very comfortable with our process. I know sometimes fans get frustrated when their teams talk about having patience, but the market has only been open for less than six hours. Ted, Kenny Morrow and I are on the same page. We’re not going to make a foolish deal that will hurt the future of our team. Whenever this process ends, we will be a better team.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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