“Snow has been GM for 12 years”
– the usual fan quote.
True. He has.
The problem that no one wants to see that there were 4 phases/mandates for Garth Snow to work under:
PHASE 1: Took over from Neil Smith, had to deal with his vets and Milbury’s bare cupboard for 2 seasons before finally convincing Charles Wang to rebuild in 2008. (2 years)
PHASE 2: Rebuild starts at 2008 NHL draft, but is given mandate by Charles Wang to spend to cap floor (6 years or so)
PHASE 3: Brooklyn announced – Charles Wang has him spend some more via budget (2 years or so)
PHASE 4: New ownership takes over. Spend to win. (2 years)
CONCLUSION: Evaluating Garth Snow’s tenure is complicated. Something fans (and many writers) don’t want to think about when (rightly) frustrated by last two seasons and an overall rollercoaster of items/Cappy/JT UFA/venue/etc. But these are facts and items that ownership does take into account (like it or not).
Just something to remember when owners likely keep him as GM for next season. This is not apologism. Garth and I don’t play the links at Bethpage Black. Just some reality that the organization is taking into account (plus, add in the fact he would need to be bought out). Only item that might appease the “Snow Must Go” irate fanbase is IF he is pushed upstairs as a Team President. How ownership, especially ownership’s “voice” and fan-friendly, Jon Ledecky, addresses this with fans will be interesting no matter what happens.