Undoubtedly....you would have to think that Garth could have, at some point, pulled the trigger on a deal for a marquee name in the last few weeks or even in the last few months.... but so far......he has stuck to his young prospects and has not given away any of them.
I for one....am very happy that he he has not done so.....but the frustrating thing for me is the difficulty to sign upper-level FA's.
I understand that the Isles have dug themselves a bit of a hole from a standpoint of credibility/respect with their overall ineptitude over the last 10-15 years....but I am somewhat surprised that they were not able to lock-up at least one of the bigger names that were available this Summer. This is a group that as a a lot to be excited about!!!!
Now.....There is still time for them to pull-off a moderately significant trade before training camp opens but.... IMHO the best way for them to get better would have been through Free Agency. It's tough to hear that we have to give up strong assets (prospects/players) in order to improve the team. For me....AS A LIFE-LONG LONG ISLANDER....GETTING REJECTED BY THESE FREE-AGENTS IS TOUGH TO TAKE!!!! I have to admit that I took it just a tiny bit as a personal insult ( I know that probably sounds silly....but I'm 'Kinda Pissed').
I WANT THIS ARENA DEAL TO PASS SOOOOO BAD!!!....I feel very strongly that this rebuild, and the way Garth has handled it so far is pretty good.....We just need that little nudge of good fortune (1 more Mark Streit....1 more Matt Moulson....1 more Michael Grabner). A stroke of good fortune and one more upper-level talent to say....
"I WANT TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION ON LONG ISLAND!!!!
BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION: VOTE YES ON AUGUST 1ST EVERYONE!!!