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George McPhee spent last season scouting for the Islanders, and has now been hired?as a special advisor to general manager Garth Snow.

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.

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The on-ice skills of John Tavares are quite apparent to anyone watching him during a game, but Islanders' general manager Garth Snow believes it's his character off the ice that has helped the team the most.

"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.

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Everyone was expecting Garth Snow to make a trade during the NHL Draft. He did, but it did not involve the two most likely players to be dealt there.?

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:

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Islanders' general manager Garth Snow had himself another good year at the draft. New York did not have any picks in the first round, but by the of end of Friday night the Islanders had made two first round selections.

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.

Tags: garth snow, Islanders, new york islanders, News, NHL Draft, Prospects
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New York Islanders head amateur scout Trent Klatt will be vacating his position with the team after July 1 and taking over the head coaching job for the Grand Rapids High School boys hockey team (Duluth News Tribune, May 7).

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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The Islanders will not be making any coaching changes in the offseason after the team failed to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season (Newsday, Apr 30).

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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There was an expectation that the Islanders were going to stand pat at the trade deadline and as the hours ticked away it appeared that would hold true.

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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Update 9:52: Tuesday's game could be moved to Wednesday due to the impending storm. Pierre McGuire said, during an appearance on TSN 1050?radio in Toronto, "that there's a real good chance that [Islanders vs Rangers] will get canceled and moved to Wednesday night."


The New York Islanders will return to work after the All-Star break just in time for a potentially historic snow storm to hit Long Island.

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Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion.

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.

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It's not too often that the Islanders receive praise from any national media outlet, especially when it comes to their offseason moves.

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.

Tags: Bleacher Report, Dave Lozo, garth snow, Islanders, new york islanders, Puck Daddy, Ryan Lambert
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PHILADELPHIA -- Joshua Ho-Sang has something to prove and he was appreciative to the Islanders for taking the gamble of drafting him Friday night.

"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.

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Time will tell if Dan Boyle will sign with the New York Islanders, but the initial feeling from his camp is that this is an exciting opportunity."From the beginning when [Boyle] knew he was not going back to San Jose, he was excited to see what options and possibilities might be out there. It shows that they're kind of stuck up here and showing a lot of interest," George Bazos, Boyle's agent, said in a phone interview with Islanders Point Blank.The Islanders acquired Boyle's rights late Thursday afternoon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick. Team general manager Garth Snow has already had?a brief conversation with Bazos after the trade. "He just told me about the trade and he's excited at the opportunity to obtain Dan's rights," Bazos said.Boyle has spent the last six seasons with the San Jose Sharks, so he is not as familiar with the Islanders organization. Bazos said that his client will do some research to get a comfort level with the Islanders."Right now there's a lot research and work to be done on both sides," he said. "He would be excited as much with the Islanders as with any other team at this point."Boyle's agent says that regardless of the team they will be look for a two-year deal, but would not say what the monterey amount is that they are asking for. "The amount is impossible to categorize because it's not arbitration situation. It's a free agent situation, so the market will dictate that at some point," he said.The Islanders have until July 1 to exclusively negotiate with the soon-to-be 38-year-old defenseman. Last season Boyle recorded 36 points (12 goals,24 assists) in San Jose and would be a major assets to the Islanders struggling power play unit, which lacked a power play quarterback for much of last year.New York has been down the trade and sign route before this offseason. The Islanders acquired the rights for Jaroslav Halak on May 1 and signed him three weeks later. Snow will now hope that he can find the same luck with Boyle.
Tags: Dan Boyle, garth snow, George Bazos, new york islanders, News, Christian Arnold
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Relegated to the back page and beyond on most days in the New York/New Jersey area, for one day in January, hockey was king.

The sights were incredible. Gazing upon Yankee Stadium decked out in NHL logos was quite a sight. There was a buzz even before you entered the stadium. With media crews working to get fan interviews and photos, it was clear that this event was so, so much more than just a regular game.

The Atmosphere

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Do Minnesotans hold a serious grudge? Apparently, they are still upset about Kyle Okposo leaving school early six years ago. Or at least one writer says as much.Forgive me since this is the first time I've heard about this, but apparently folks in Minnesota were really ticked about Okposo leaving school to play for the Islanders. Well, not so much against Okposo and him leaving town early, more about Garth Snow's comments in the aftermath. Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes:[sny-box]The Twin Cities? sizable hockey cult is very protective of the Gophers and now the Wild. This has made Garth Snow, the general manager of the New York Islanders, an unpopular figure.The impetus for that was Snow getting forward Kyle Okposo, the seventh overall selection in the 2006 draft, to turn pro on Dec. 19, 2007 ? early in Okposo?s sophomore season.What offended Minnesotans was Snow?s view on the player development taking place with Don Lucia?s Gophers.?Quite frankly, we weren?t happy with the program,? Snow said. ?They have a responsibility to coach, to make Kyle a better player, and they were not doing that.?[/sny-box]Well, I guess that's fair. Snow sort of poached a player that would have been contributing to the local hockey team and it is a fact that the Minnesota hockey team is a big deal in Minnesota. Snow had some comments that didn't paint U of M in a good light, so it makes sense that the locals would take offense to that.That's where it gets a little weird.?Again, from Reusse:[sny-box]We are approaching the six-year anniversary of that quote and it is time for the locals to take a different view of Snow. They should look at him as a generous friend of Minnesota hockey.Four months ago, for the modest price of the overrated Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round draft choice, Snow gave the Wild a now 21-year-old Nino Niederreiter, a wing with size, speed and quick hands.It sounded a bit fishy ? as if there had to be more to the Islanders giving up on Niederreiter, the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, than mere dimwittedness by Snow.[/sny-box]So what started as a somewhat odd Okposo story has apparently transformed into fan's desire to gloat about Nino Niederreiter, something that, if written by a blogger and not a major paper, would clearly be accused of having been written in a basement as a piece of fanboy slash fiction.But wait, it gets better. Reusse channels his inner Woodward and Bernstein. An anonymous veteran on the Wild sings the praises of Niederreiter. How ever did you manage to get that quote?[sny-box]On Monday morning, a Wild veteran was at his locker in?St. Paul. He was asked what might have been the Islanders? motivation for trading Niederreiter before his 21st birthday.With a promise of anonymity, the veteran said: ?I have no idea in the world. He?s loaded with talent.?[/sny-box]Don't worry, it's OK, everyone. There's a happy ending in all of this.[sny-box]Niederreiter said. ?I am very happy to be in Minnesota.?And the Twin Cities hockey cult is very happy to have him. Thanks, Garth Snow. You?re forgiven.[/sny-box]Niederreiter has five points in 13 games thus far for Minnesota and, if he stays on the right track, he should be a nice player for the Wild. This was a very weird way to go about writing that.
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Update, 7:30pm: Katie Strang tweets: "Snow said that, to his knowledge, Thomas is still in Colorado and has not been skating"--

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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Awesome Visnovsky photoshop credit: HF Boards

"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.

Tags: garth snow, Islanders, jack capuano, lubomir visnovsky, matt donovan, matt martin, michael grabner, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside
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