Garth Snow has been a busy man signing Anders Lee & Thomas Hickey. Fortunately, that’s not all the New York Islanders boss has done.
Garth Snow’s game plan has been obvious.
It’s to lock up current players on the New York Islanders roster, remaining aggressive in filling any gaps, and entertaining any opportunity that will upgrade his team.
First came the announcement of the Signing of Anders Lee to a four-year contract worth $15 million, $3.75 million a year.
The Rookie had 25 goals and finished with 41 points in 76 games last season. Lee was second on the team in goals and fourth among NHL rookies. Getting Lee to sign a solid contract is a nice check mark off of Snows to do list.
Next, Snow agreed to terms with defenseman Thomas Hickey to a three-year deal worth $6.6 million. Hickey was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings 4th overall in the 2007 NHL draft. The Isles claimed the D-Man on waivers in 2013.
Snow today, in an attempt to secure a solid backup for Jaroslav Halak and end the revolving door of backups, signed Thomas Greiss to a two-year, $3 million dollar contract. Hopefully Greiss (29) can replicate the success he had two seasons ago when he was Mike Smith’s backup in Arizona. Greiss did not see much time playing behind Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The hope here is that Greiss will be a reliable keeper and can give Halak the needed rest down the stretch at the latter end of the season.
Currently Snow’s agenda at hand can be looking for a top line winger for Tavares through a big trade or signing. There has been a ton of chatter with Kyle Okposo’s name thrown around in a deal the past few weeks.
Players throughout the league are well aware of the team the Islanders are becoming. They are on the verge of taking the next step in being an NHL elite team. I know that Garth has his sleeves rolled up and is in a very confident position with what he needs to do next.
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