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Snow’s accession to the job was a head-scratcher. The team had hired Neil Smith to be the GM in 2006, but 41 days later Snow retired from playing in order to take the GM job and Smith was fired.
The team never gave Smith a chance and apparently the karma bug has been biting the Islanders since.
It is surprising that Snow still has this job. In his first season with the team, they had 92 points and were able to make the playoffs as the eighth seed. They were quickly bounced in the first round, but the team was hopeful.
In the four full seasons since then, the team has fallen apart. They have finished last in the Atlantic Division every season. Their best finish in the conference over that time frame is 13th out of 15 teams.
On average, they have finished 19 points out of a playoff spot and have not been closer than ninth in the East. Already halfway through this season, they sit 10 points out of the playoffs, 14th in the conference and yet again take up their last-place standing in the Atlantic.
Snow has made several trades, signed many a free agent and drafted loads of players, but nothing seems to work out right. Perhaps his most head-scratching deal was the 15-year, $67.5 million contract that he gave to goalie Rick DiPietro early in his GM reign.
At that point, DiPietro had only played two full seasons and while he was a promising talent, there was no need to sign him for that much or that long. Since then, DiPietro has battled injuries and even had to fight to be the starting goalie. He has found himself as both the backup and stuck in a tandem starting position.
Snow is on his third coach as well. With all the player and coaching changes, the results are the same. It appears the one constant has been Snow and it is time for him to go.