Elite Sports NY Into the Isles Podcast 4

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 Matt Duchene Sweepstakes ended with a resounding scream from the recesses of the NHL Deadline Twitter-verse.

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.

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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.

With Sakic holding out for so long now, he won’t be able to command the same prices he was initially for his players. Snow (or his replacement) will be able to offer some compromise at the draft.

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:


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