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Garth Snow On 2015-16 Islanders

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

With a few days to reflect on the Islanders season and what lies ahead, General Manager Garth Snow addressed the media on Thursday afternoon.

The GM, who is approaching the 10-year anniversary of his July 18, 2006 hiring, covered a range of topics during the 25-minute chat.

Snow on team improvements:

Whether a winger for John (Tavares), the addition of a goalie, upgrading our defense, we leave no stone unturned to improve our club. We’re always on the lookout for ways to improve our club. I’m not going to get into specific positions… those opportunities will unfold here, especially leading up to the draft.

Snow on Travis Hamonic rescinding his trade request:

I was relieved that the situation that he was living with had, for me I don’t think it was a surprise, it was more of a relief that those issues lessened for lack of a better word. Travis is very close to me on a personal level and I was just happy for him on a personal level that things had taken a step in a positive direction.

Snow on Thomas Greiss, who led the Islanders with 23 wins and 41 games played:

Thomas came in and displayed a great work ethic whether he was playing or backing up on a certain night. I think Thomas earned the respect from our players and coaches because of his personality, his demeanor and his work ethic. When he got the opportunity to play, he seized it and he played great for us. He proved to be a number one goalie in this league this season, but the challenge for not only Thomas but all of our players is to improve and build off that and get better.

Snow on the first year at Barclays Center:

I think it was a great atmosphere as anyone can attest to going into that building in a playoff environment. It’s a first-class facility. I know there are quirks here and there, but the players from the locker room, the lounge, the coaches with the video setup and overall comfort from the players to the coaches it was first class all the way.

I think you saw general excitement from our players and coaches about playing at Barclays Center.

Snow on commuting to Barclays Center:

For us, it obviously isn’t the Coliseum where it was a five-minute drive for a lot of guys, but it’s no different than what the Rangers go through with their practice facility, playing their games at MSG. What the LA Kings do… Washington, Montreal, you can go down the list.

Based on our regular season home record, [the adjustment] was impressive.

Snow on the development of his young players:

Now we have the depth in all three positions to let those players develop in the American Hockey League and really take our time and let them learn the game and make mistakes at that level.

It’s really a good spot for our organization and our team to be in.

Snow on what he’s gotten out of being a GM over the past 10 years:

To be able to work with a terrific owner the last 10 years, to meet our new owners who are on their way in and the opportunity on a day-to-day basis to work with players of all different personalities, the coaches, that to me has been a great experience in my time.

You draft a player at 17 or 18 years old and you try to develop them to get them where he wants to be, to where we want him to be and then to see that player you drafted at 17 or 18 have success, that is probably the most satisfying thing in my position. It’s very rewarding in that regard when you watch players that you’ve been working with and trying to improve and see them have success, the joy that it brings them, the joy that it brings our coaches, that’s what makes it rewarding for me.

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