The team announced the hire shortly before 11 AM on Wednesday morning as the team prepared for it's second preseason game at Barclays Center this season. McPhee was the Washington Capitals general manager for 17 years before he was fired on April 26, 2014.
"He's one of the elite players in this league, for sure," Snow told NHL.com. "We were very fortunate to win the lottery the year that we had the first overall pick. His hockey game speaks for itself. Anyone that watches him play realizes he's a special talent.
Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner remain members of the New York Islanders, for now. It was believed that at least one of them would have been dealt on Friday or Saturday. Instead, it was Griffin Reinhart who was sent to Edmonton in return for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this year's draft.
The market for Grabner and Okposo just was not there during the two day draft being held in Sunrise, Florida. More from Newsday:
On day two, the Islanders came away with five defenseman to replenish the team's blue line prospects. They even managed to make a bit of history with the selection of Andong Song, the first Chinese born player to be drafted by an NHL team.
The 2015 draft for the Islanders was one in which they could pick the best players available and not for need. They already have a strong group of prospects in the system and now they have the building blocks to make the team very good for many years to come.
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Klatt told general manager Garth Snow last fall that the 2014-15 season would be his final one with the Islanders. He will continue to scout for the organization on a limited basis. Klatt?has been with the Islanders since 2010 and took over running the Islanders' draft table after they let go of former assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski.
The ex-NHLer cited the amount of travel he has had to do as the reason for stepping down from his position with the Islanders.
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Head coach Jack Capuano,?assistants coaches Doug Weight, Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum and goalie coach Mike Dunham will all return for the 2015-16 season, which will be the team's first in Brooklyn. Islanders' general manager Garth Snow was satisfied with the job the they did with the team this year.
"Our coaches did a great job, whether it was preparing our players or with the communication between coaches and players, which was outstanding," Snow said. "There were some aspects of our game, whether it was with our penalty-kill that struggled early on and became a strength for us by the end, or our power play, which was a strength at times early on and we didn't have one in the playoffs. That's an area of concern. We'll analyze all different areas of our team and try to get better." (Newsday, Apr 30)
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But then, with under an hour left until the deadline, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow made his moves. He added depth up front by acquiring Tyler Kennedy and improved the Islanders' goaltending by trading Chad Johnson to Buffalo in exchange for Michal Neuvirth. There were two other smaller moves, but it is safe to say that Snow had a successful day by the time the 3 p.m. deadline came and went.
The acquisitions were not blockbuster deals like other teams were pulling off in the days and hours leading up to the deadline, but for the Isles a blockbuster trade was not something that was necessary. In fact, it was likely never even on the minds of Garth Snow and the rest of the team's front office.
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He had originally passed a concussion test after leaving Thursday night's game against the San Jose Sharks in the first period. But Grabovski woke up on Friday and was dealing with concussion like symptoms, according to General Manager Garth Snow.
A return date is unknown at this time. Grabovski will not be reevaluated until Monday at the earliest and will require a doctors?clearance?before returning to the ice.
Following their 2013 playoff run, the Islanders had one of their least impressive offseasons they have had in quite some time. Believing that they had the talent already on the roster, general manager Garth Snow signed Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin as the Islanders "major" free agency moves. As everyone knows, that did not work and Regin and Bouchard were shipped off to the Chicago Blackhawks in early February.
It would seem Snow learned from that experience and used the 2014 offseason to fill some holes that were obvious through the prior campaign. But were the moves enough to make the Islanders a playoff team in 2014? Some in the national hockey media say yes.
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"I think I have 26 teams to show that they missed out," Ho-Sang said after being selected by the Islanders. "And I definitely have to show the Islanders that they were right."
The 18-year-old Windsor Spitfires forward was all smiles when he met the media after being selected 28th overall after the Islander traded back into the first round to draft him. The Islanders swapped their 35th and 57th picks to Tampa Bay to be able to select Ho-Sang.
The Islanders have acquired Tim Thomas from the Bruins for a conditional second rounder in 2014 or 2015.
The Bruins suspended Thomas because he did not want to play this season.
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"He's under contract with the Islanders and he should be here," Garth Snow told the assembled media yesterday. The 'he', of course, is Lubomir Visnovsky the staying/going/not coming defenseman of the Islanders and, more recently, HC Slovan. Visnovsky has until 10am today to report to the Island or be suspended. By the looks of it, he's not coming and we'll have
an international incident to wait and see what the next steps are. If the KHL doesn't enforce the memorandum, this may end up in court. We'll have to wait and see.