New York Islanders' GM Garth Snow Praises Josh Bailey on Sirius/XM NHL (Audio) 2
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

With the New York Islanders being 13 games into their season, General Manager Garth Snow sang praises of Josh Bailey, among other topics. 

New York Islanders’ General Manager Garth Snow went on SiriusXMNHL and reiterated some familiar talking points and spoke of the Islanders’ status with pending UFA and the team’s second-highest scorer, Josh Bailey.

Snow talks a couple of different topics, including of course the pending contract of Islander captain John Tavares, the situation at Belmont, and his feelings to last night’s 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.

One of the points of interest was bringing up the contract of winger Josh Bailey, who has really started to develop into the player the Islanders envisioned when they drafted him in the first round in 2008.

Snow said the following on Bailey:

“…He’s been a high character guy off the ice, very talented on the ice, and he doesn’t get the credit in years past that he deserved. We think the world of him as another player that we want to keep here long-term. We know what Josh brings to this team, very creative, more of a pass first mindset and the chemistry with John [Tavares].”

This point is one of the more interesting, since Snow went on to explain that the Islanders aren’t shy of signing players mid-season, as they have displayed in the past with extensions to Cal Clutterbuck and Thomas Greiss in 2016-17.

Josh Bailey finally took a huge step in his development in the 2016-17 season, posting a career-high in assists (43) and points (56). Bailey started the 2017-18 season right where he left off, posting 15 points

Either way, it’s a great listen and one that any Islander fan should hear.

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Matt Di Giacomo

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Spent 3 1/2 years at West Chester University, now concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more.

Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @BR_SportsCast and check out his reviews on YouTube.