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PATIENCE EXPECTED TO PAY OFF

Monday, 07.02.2007 / 10:05 PM / News
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PATIENCE EXPECTED TO PAY OFF
Monday, July 2, 10:05 pm

We're no longer going to call this the Free Agency Update. That's because as the Islanders practice patience on their way to making the right moves, there are options open to them beyond the scope of free agency.

GM Garth Snow understands the frustration of some in Islanders Country. As he said tonight, "Next to our fans, no one would love to get an impact deal done more than I would."

He steadfastly refuses to strike a long-term deal for players he and Ted Nolan do not see as their kind of Islanders – only to be looking to get out of the burden of those contracts in one or two years. Despite the fact the Islanders are currently significantly under the salary cap, Snow refuses to sign off on a contract just because it might make the depth chart in his office look a little bit better for one day. Or because it might temporarily quiet the talk on all-sports radio or the criticism in the newspapers as some teams are being hailed for winning the Stanley Cup in July.

"That's no way to build a championship team," Snow said tonight during a rare break from conversations with agents, general managers and his own staff. "I know what our fans are thinking right now, we love their dedication to the Islanders and I hear them loud and clear. My only message to them is that for our team to finally go way beyond mediocrity and have a chance at winning the Stanley Cup, it's in our best interests for me to stay patient. So while I stay patient for the right deals, I hope they can be for a little while, too."

And when Snow says deals, he isn't just referring to the heaps of money being thrown at free agents during the first few days of July.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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