Question for Islanders General manager Garth Snow?
New York, NY - So Garth Snow you are going to start trading away all of your valuable chips, like James Wisniewski for compensatory second-round Draft Picks-Really? Cause I don’t know if you noticed, but you have had a pretty good product on the ice lately.
All things considering your team have been building up some positive momentum. You won your last three games, including two huge victories over the Tampa Bay Lighting and the Montreal Canadiens. The only time your team really had a bad game was this past Monday night in the 7-2 drubbing that was handed out by the New York Rangers.
That’s right your team beat two teams that are second place in their division, Montreal is currently in second place in the Northeast division; while Tampa sits in the same position in the Southeast. Your team beat both of them-not flukes-not a string of luck-but beat, earned, worked for and got the results they wanted.
But your team had heart, played with pride and even had some swagger to it. It was a team I believe that people were starting to buy into and even started to care about again. And now you start to trade people like Wisniewski, who was a core part of that for Draft picks.
I know a lot of people will say that you are building for the future and for next year, but according to my calendar it is still December. The team that you are the general manager for just built up some positive momentum these past three weeks and this is how you repay them.
I realize the team has struggled for most of the season, but I feel as if maybe the team was starting to build something special. Maybe this one sports blogger maybe an eternal optimist here, but I feel like you gave up Wisniewski too soon. Or maybe you liked the idea of trading Wis away-ok well maybe trade him for a player that will help the team continue the success they are having. You know to reward your team for the recent positive momentum that they were able to build.
There have been rumors that the next name on that list of valuable chips that maybe leaving the Island soon is keeper Dwayne Roloson. Not going to lie my heart, along with probably a few others drops with the idea of trading Rolo away. I know the team has Rick DiPietro and Nathan Lawson. But I feel as if both keepers can learn from a vet like Roloson and he will be a key part to their development in the cage.
However I am not the general manager, nor do I want to be one. But as someone who does enjoy watching your team, and is starting to care for the guys who are on the ice- I just can’t help to wonder…Really?