On an, unfortunately, uneventful deadline day, the Islanders made no moves despite Garth Snow‘s aggressive efforts to land star forward Matt Duchene. There was no backup plan, and the Islanders walk away empty-handed, once again.
The Matt Duchene Sweepstakes
The general consensus in regards to Snow on Twitter was that he left two offers on the table for Duchene, and Sakic did nothing. Apparently, Sakic was asking in the ballpark of both Matthew Barzal and Ryan Pulock.
And truthfully, it’s a good thing Snow did not comply. Sakic’s demands were unreasonable, and there’s no reason to pay the exorbitant price asked when there was a handful of teams that meant business.
Despite his best effort to Duchene, Snow’s crucial mistake was neglecting to have backup plans in case his original fell through, and that’s what ears him a failing grade overall during this year’s deadline.
All of this and much more in the latest edition of Into the Isles: