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ONE-ON-ONE...with Garth Snow

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The Islanders GM explains the moves he made (and didn’t make) at today’s trade deadline

In an interview with NEWYORKISLANDERS.COM one hour after the 3:00 pm NHL trade deadline, Islanders GM Garth Snow discussed what transpired in the last 24 hours.

The biggest story for some is that you didn’t make what would be classified as big moves. Did you come close?

Yes. To be honest, there was one pretty big deal that was close but just didn’t get done on either side. Things happen and don’t happen for a reason. It’s always something we can look into again down the road.

Keeping Mike Comrie seemed to be a priority.

It was pretty easy because Mike made it clear publicly and to us that he really wanted to stay an Islander. We felt the same way about him. He has brought so much to this team, probably a lot more than people realize. We were really happy to get a deal done with Mike.

Why move Chris Simon (to Minnesota for a 6th round pick in 2008)?

That deal serves two purposes. I think the world of Chris Simon. But it was a good time for a change of scenery for Chris. I spoke with him after the deal and I believe he agrees. He was really proud to be an Islander, but he seemed happy to have a chance in Minnesota. The other result of the trade is opening up a spot for Jeff Tambellini, who deserves a steady opportunity at this level.

Tell us about the player you acquired from San Jose for a seventh-rounder, Rob Davison.

Our scouts like him. He’s been a depth player for the Sharks, but he’s got good size, he’s tough, has good instincts and we feel he could play a role for us. With the injury to Brendan Witt, we needed to replace his toughness. Davison should step in and do well.

What was the impetus behind the trade of Marc-Andre Bergeron (to Anaheim for a 3rd round pick) in 2008?

We like the value. We now have a first, two 2nd round picks and two 3rd round picks in what is a very good and deep draft in 2008.

You also decided to not make some rumored deals…

The key is rumored deals. There has been some talk in the media about us for weeks being involved in intense discussions about one player, and none of it was true. What bothers me is you’re talking about a person and his family. There was never anything there of substance.

Are you disappointed you didn’t get anything for some of your potential unrestricted free agents?

We are in a fight for a spot in the playoffs. We owe it to our team and our fans to do what’s right long-term and short-term. I wasn’t going to trade a player who might be a free agent just for the sake of doing something and getting little back. There has to be real value to us. I’m proud of how our team has battled the last few weeks and gotten back into the race. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do down the stretch.

Check out Garth Snow’s trade deadline press conference on Islanders TV.

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