For the last two years, Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin - who ushered in their era of ownership by proclaiming the Islanders franchise would be "world-class" - have stood behind Garth Snow's lack of leadership and accountability, and his ineptitude in the art of roster management and building a winning culture.
After failing to make the playoffs last season, the Islanders are now near the merciful end to one of the most painful in their history. Getting by for two months on an explosive offense and the emergence of Mathew Barzal as a young star, the Islanders never improved on defense and Snow slept and made excuses instead of trying to fix his flawed roster. When all hope was nearly lost, he blamed his team's collapse on the injury in November to the oft-injured Calvin de Haan.
This entire season, the only notable move made by Snow was to banish Joshua Ho-Sang to the minors (just stating a fact: the Islanders' record this season is far worse without Ho-Sang).
Since Dec. 1, the Islanders have won just 15 of 47 games.
But something has happened during this continued Islanders' disaster that can no longer go unnoticed. Can you hear it? Exactly.
It cannot be discounted that the silence from Ledecky, who has his thumbs-up all over this franchise, may actually mean something. While the Islanders have lost 10 out of 11 to fall completely out of the playoff picture before St. Patrick's Day, Ledecky still hasn't said a word to his team's fans on the keep-it-upbeat telecasts of MSG Network or even via Newsday, which has covered him adoringly from LIRR rides to the first step of an arena deal in Elmont.
Meanwhile, Ledecky has observed how his peers around the league were proactive. In the weeks around the trade deadline, just about every team in the Islanders' position made noise. The Rangers stood up, declared that the fight for eighth place wasn't good enough, clearly stated to the public their intention to rebuild, and executed a series of trades to replenish the roster.
Tom Dundon, the new Hurricanes owner, decided in less than two months that the mediocrity managed by GM Ron Francis the last four years was unacceptable, so Francis was moved aside. Snow has had the equivalent of three terms of Francis.
The Devils and Blue Jackets added quality players without mortgaging first-round picks or top prospects - something Snow tries to con the fans (and possibly Ledecky) into thinking is the only way to make your team better. Snow did nothing, and this, during a season while he was tasked with keeping John Tavares.
Snow has had the last 259 days to re-sign Tavares. He failed to build and rebuild and rebuild again anything close to a Stanley Cup-contending team in the nine years since the Gift of Tavares landed in his lap for finishing last overall in 2009, and Snow has failed the Islanders once again.
And still, the silence continues from Islanders ownership. Two more losses - 7-3 and 6-3 to the Capitals over the last 24 hours. The misery deepens, another season is over.
Ledecky knows how destructive the impact of this season - these last 12 seasons - and the anger of some fans and growing apathy of others is having on his business.
There's no way Ledecky is this out-of-touch. The owner must be working behind the scenes. Change must be coming soon.