"I've learned a lot on this side of hockey. For me, when the whole process unfolded, going through the interview process in the spring right after that (2005-06) season ended, brings back fond memories of where we were then and where we are now. You'll see the skill and the high quality of the players we have in our system." -- Garth Snow
On July 18, 2006, Snow traded his pads and goaltending gear for a suit and tie when he succeeded Neil Smith -- fired after six weeks on the job -- as general manager of the Islanders.
Snow went for it in his first season, pulling off a major deadline-day deal to bring in Ryan Smyth and then watching his team make the playoffs thanks to a shootout win on the final day of the season. But after the Isles were eliminated by Buffalo in five games and the Islanders missed the playoffs in 2007-08, Snow changed course, opting for a total rebuild in hopes of growing a Stanley Cup contender rather a team chasing eighth place every year.