PATIENCE EXPECTED TO PAY OFF

Monday, 07.2.2007 / 10:05 PM ET / 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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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