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One of only six (6) known pictures of Garth Snow.
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Islanders general manager Garth Snow says he won’t trade high draft picks for a rental player at this year’s NHL trade deadline.

Snow is looking for his roster to find some consistency in what’s been an inconsistent season. A wild card berth is within reach and Snow doesn’t want to jeopardize the future by trading key assets now.

“We will always explore every opportunity to make our team better and are always looking for high character players that fit our system,” Snow said at the team’s practice facility today. “If a trade makes sense for our club, we’re not afraid to pull the trigger.”

Snow said he doesn’t expect to trade any of the Islanders’ impending unrestricted free agents, preferring to keep them for the stretch run and taking his chances at re-signing them in the off-season. He also is reluctant to move any of the team’s young prospects in search of immediate help, instead choosing to monitor their development in the minor leagues.

“We are in constant contact with the staff down there and if a player earns a call-up, we will consider adding him,” Snow said.

Snow considers injuries to be a big factor in his team’s struggles.

“You never want to use injuries as an excuse, but we’ve lost some important players to injuries this season,” he said. “Right now our focus is on getting healthy and getting them back into the lineup.”

Despite the Islanders’ precarious place on the playoff bubble, Snow is confident that his team not only has what it takes to qualify for the post-season, but can make a long run this spring.

“As we’ve seen in this league, once you get in, anything can happen,” Snow said. “We like our group and think we can compete for a Stanley Cup this year.”


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