Islanders GM Garth Snow expressed optimism on Monday in the future of the Islanders despite the team missing the playoffs for the last two seasons.
Snow, who along with head coach Doug Weight has expressed the belief that he'll be back next season, said the Islanders are close to a championship. And noted how far the team has come since he took over.
"For me, 2006, when I took over this position, it was a situation where it was an all-out rebuild where we had to bring in talent through the draft," Snow told reporters. "Now we're in a situation where we feel we can compete for a Stanley Cup."
Snow spoke after co-owner Jon Ledecky said ownership had failed the fans, but refused to speak directly about Snow, Weight, or any particular player.
Ledecky did note that everyone would be evaluated, so the door remains open for Snow and/or Weight to be let go. But that's not the expectation.