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Islanders fire GM Smith, hire Snow

Neil Smith

Neil Smith

7/18/2006 9:16:17 PM

Just 40 days after being naming Neil Smith as general manager, the New Islanders decided it was time for a fresh new face.

The team announced on Tuesday that they have fired Smith and hired former Islanders goaltender Garth Snow as the new general manager.

 "I spoke with Garth at length throughout the spring about the general manager's position and he really impressed me with his passion and his knowledge," said Islanders owner Charles Wang.

"When the job opened up, the choice was an easy one. Garth knows the league as well as anyone, has an eye for talent and understands how our staff works as a team. Most importantly, Garth is a man of integrity, someone I trust will work hard, be creative and represent the Islanders with dignity."

Snow joins a hockey operations staff that also includes head coach Ted Nolan, player development director Bryan Trottier, chief amateur scout Tony Feltrin and pro scouting director Ken Morrow. He becomes just the fourth person in NHL history to go from being a player in one season to general manager in the following season. Jack Adams played for the Ottawa Senators in 1926-27 and became GM of the Detroit Cougars in 1927-28, Bob Clarke played his last season for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1982-83 and became GM in 1983-84, and Serge Savard played his final season for the Winnipeg Jets in 1982-83 before returning to the Montreal Canadiens as GM for the 1983-84 season.


 

 "This is a proud moment for me, a dream come true," said Snow.
 
 "It's an opportunity I wanted more than anything. I look forward to working with Ted, Pat, Bryan and the scouts. Islander fans can be assured that this franchise is going to do everything in its power to bring another Stanley Cup to Long Island."

Smith was hired as GM of the Islanders during the Stanley Cup final, at the same time the team hired Nolan as head coach.

He replaced Mike Milbury, who announced in January he would step down from the position after helping find a replacement. Milbury assumed a position as vice president of Wang's sports properties.

Smith was the New York Rangers' GM from 1989-2000 and assembled the team that ended their 54-year Stanley Cup championship drought in 1994. He worked as a television analyst after being fired by the team after the 1999-2000 season. He first served as a scout with the Isles and owns a Stanley Cup ring from the 1981-82 season before taking a job as scout with the Detroit Red Wings.

Over the last three weeks, Smith worked to make quick improvements to the Islanders lineup by adding free agent forwards Chris Simon, Mike Sillinger, and Andy Hilbert, as well as defencemen Brendan Witt and Tom Poti.

"As I made clear at the press conference last month, we are running this as a business, incorporating the opinions of our hockey operations staff - including Ted Nolan, Bryan Trottier and Pat LaFontaine," said Wang. "Despite Neil's commitment to me that he could work in this environment, he later expressed to me on a number of occasions his philosophical opposition to our business model.

"In light of our differences, I felt that I had no choice but to make this decision in the best interests of the Islanders and our fans. I'm very proud of our draft and the roster additions our staff made this month. Our fans should know that with Ted, Garth, Bryan and Pat helping to lead the way, the Islanders are in very good hands."






YOUR CALL

NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1sad666I would bet Milbury is back in the saddle! ...
2njcromagDamn. He probably didn't even have his office set ...
3oilersguywow! wonder if this was wang giving milbury the de ...
4paltrinieriWHAT THE ****????? That has got to be the shortest ...
5teknicsI don't even know how to react at this very second ...
6lyle69Wow, this is Huge. I quit cheering for the Islande ...
7cdfsame old merry go round.look for milbury to take c ...
8nyrangers#2Um....? ...
9moe99Islanders wouldn't know what to do with a good GM ...
10aitrusGood old Isles... I knew they wouldn't fail to dis ...
11jonnybnimblehaha... i dunno, that's just messed. K, build us ...
12sloWHAT??? This can't be right. Really want to ...
13lyle69Oh by the way, as a Islander fan for close to 30 y ...
14guinness93This Whole Organization under owner Charles Wang s ...
15hockeygoon15there better be a good reason for this... trotti ...
16FrozenCaveManMilbury hires them then fires them maybe the owner ...
17hockeymaniac2007Where were your off-season moves? You let passed b ...
18jimbosam2056WOW - Only on Long Island. The only guy with a win ...
19sstyba1What is wrong with this organization? Whats next I ...
20gercatMad Mike did such at great job as GM - it's about ...
21IslebebackThis is all Wang's fault and is it by chance that ...
22dac2004i wonder if he didnt see eye-to-eye with ted nolan ...
23misterxcalgaryThe NYI are a joke. The organization is an absolu ...
24monkeyman1968Might mean a job for Pat Quinn. ...
25tcesconPierre McGuire hinted at something like this happe ...
26strikemanMan, Milbury is out of control. I bet he was still ...
27joshsowordsThis is why NHL GMs need a union ...
28sor_sakuThis is the shortest tendure for GM ever, and the ...
29isles14This is pathetic. I am embarrassed. If frigging Mi ...
30HockeyMyWayMad Mike must want to take credit for the signings ...
31KFLAs a Rangers fan, this couldn't be any better! I l ...
32Thrill23Dhe signed brendan witt, mike sillinger, chris simo ...
33xmanith19Maybe he is headed to St Louis with his buddy JD.? ...
34EditorCOngrats NYI, you are officially the new joke fran ...
35NHL_WIZZThis is really confusing. Why would they fire him? ...
36rdocWOW a team without direction Great job Charlie and ...
37apocalypticzooIsles fans, my heart goes out to you... This is tr ...
38ashley2001I guess Milbury doesn't like to be shown up!! Smi ...
39jmcnAs a non-islander fan I would love to see Milbury ...
40jrawn22i have been an islander fan for years. dint like ...
41sergimanAre you sure that Jacob's didn't buy the Isles? It ...
42thereal_1_Nolan probably got him the axe! Deja vu all over a ...
434cupzONLY IN ISLANDER COUNTRY BABY ...
44goavs06man neil deserved a little better then this. I tho ...
45ken9My honest first reaction to this was "Does Mike Mi ...
46derekrannieTED NOLAN causing problems again!!! This guy is a ...
47c92200258I bet Nolan gets sacked either right away or withi ...
48zoromanIt appears one of the requirements to be a good NY ...
49PensFan91Isles are a joke. If Milbury or Nolan had anything ...
50GO_HABSMilbury made several bad trades and somehow kept h ...
51rcm84where is the stability in this organization?A chan ...
52zoromanYep! That's how you build a winner! Dump the guy w ...
53encryptNeil Smith your better off, Islanders are the wors ...
54Scary_IzzoSo, fellow Islander fans, let's count up the disas ...
55slash1Ted Nolan up to his old tricks??? ...
56nflistrashSeems to be that Charles Wang is the problem. Milb ...
57Danimal76Why does Milbury have any say in any operation in ...
58hockeyfiendHey NHL Wizz - As a Leafs fan I'd love Quinn to go ...
59nor'easterUnless he has committed a felony I cannot believe ...
60solozeroDidn't take long for the Nolon hating to start. C ...
61nor'easterBring back Spano or the three headed ownership of ...
62riderfan69It's got to be Nolan's fault, he's got GM's fired ...
63LordStanleyx3KFL, Don't laugh too much, your GM ain't much bett ...
64blackystarsounds to me like a power struggle,,,there has to ...
65yt0000Simply put....NYI are the most dysfunctional club ...
66ola12hockeyI THOUGHT THE LEAFS FRONT OFFICE WAS SCREWED UP - ...
67ridhikWHO???? ...
68fdabandit35Garth Snow: What an insult to fmr GM's looking fo ...
69andrewpaul1Interesting move? The most stupid thing I've ever ...
70bradzerkGarth WHAT!?! The Ilses= JOKE ...
71varg_vikernesWhy didn't they just get it over with and make Ted ...
72BigD22GARTH SNOW? IS THIS A BAD, BAD DREAM? WANG MUST ...
73jacqualsmith probably had a disagreement with milbury, an ...
74pthrasheHAHAHAHAHAHA GARTH SNOW ...
75KRANGLEshocked beyond words... garth snow. now he has to ...
76Stumpy1Just when you think that this franchise is getting ...
77bromionTough to comment too much on this one without know ...
78browncakeHILARIOUS!!!!! GARTH SNOW? You've got to be kiddin ...
79newplbobGarth Snow? What's the matter... wasn't Frank Pie ...
80dobber17So I take it Snow is retiring as a player soon? ha ...
81snoglobeI have an idea for the new season of the Apprentic ...
82alex105HILARIOUS!!! Garth Snow!! Was Tie Domi the runner ...
83craigslaterWhen a new GM is hired, he hires his own Coach. No ...
84temmerI am not sure about this but I really hope snow ca ...
85NHL_WIZZMaybe Smith was just put in as a temporary GM unti ...
86slamigoCan you say, 'GONG SHOW'? ...
87cstewart99Well...he certainly couldnt do any worse. The Isla ...
88snufalupagusGARTH SNOW??!! They should put a tent over this c ...
89letsgoguinsThe Isles didn't win a single game with Smith in p ...
90LCThe Islanders are the joke of the NHL... I think t ...
91robert51I wonder if the real reason of Smiths' firing wil ...
92sad666This is awesome! Your first priority should be to ...
93DavidNAll you people blaming Ted Nolan, enough already!! ...
94PykeEh...this is weird. I'm pretty sure you can't just ...
95BeesFanAnyone thnk that this has anything to do with Peca ...
96hky_gyPierre McGuire was right! Back when Smith and Nola ...
97hockeyfiendGarth Snow??? He sure "understands talent" as enou ...
98isles99IM GONNA CRY!!! Im the BIGGEST Isles fan this side ...
99ixbgrbmI'm done....it's embarrassing. I will no longer ch ...
100suprdrag2Yeah Garth! Now trade DiPietro and suit up. ...
101trailerparkboysWhat was the point of even hiring him??? I do how ...
102gcharpthis is by far one of the dumbest decisions made b ...
103mdiamWTF?? R U Kidding me? A horrible goalie, he has an ...
104digitalgeistMaybe Garth will put on those gigantic shoulder pa ...
105zachbattatWHAT A JOKE!!! ...
106purebeefWhat? Did Smith make some bad moves? If thats the ...
107tony107So who's the backup goalie gonna be? Garth's 1st ...
108jmauceriGarth Snow? Hahaha, you can't make this stuff up. ...
109pkistuffIt looks like it's Garths' GONG SHOW now. ...
110Darren33What is going on, on the island? ...
111cosmosteinGarth Snow??? Is today April 1st??? Is Charles Wa ...
112Leafs=LifeWhat is going on with the Islanders? They are rapi ...
113ptisp1Time for the Leafs to hire the man they should hav ...
114blackravSnow was under contract to make $750,000 as a Goal ...
115teknicsOk? Garth Snow, this makes absolutely ZERO sense. ...
116isles16SWEET MERCIFUL CRAP! I am at a loss to say anythin ...
117mafkennerlmfao. garth snow...at least he won't be as bad as ...
118bromionSnow?! What is Wang talking about, integrity? Di ...
119IslebebackWhen they fire Snow a couple of weeks from now, wh ...
120madcowAny body still wondering why the Islanders suck so ...
121murdawgThis just seems like a joke... What's next? Maybe ...
122isles16Excuse me while I put my fist through a wall. Agai ...
123tommyh20Will we ever get the whole story? Who the heck is ...
124frankie8473As a Rangers fan, this is too funny! They might as ...
125getthepuckofftheiceGarth Snow??? Ha ha ha ha he he!! Is the owner o ...
126knuckles30They're more messed up than the LEAFS!!! ...
127gumshoe242OMG did not see this one coming - at least not yet ...
128sean4410uhuh? is Wang a nutjob or what? Smith is a seasone ...
129dangleberrywhen the heck did Garth Snow stop playing hockey?? ...
130rinkrat2And I thought the Kings were the laughing stock of ...
131gmd316What are these guys smoking? And they wonder why t ...
132irishkevin515As a long time fan, i started to watch in 1988 whe ...
133ryanloralThis just proves how inept they are as an organiza ...
134paltrinieriIt's over, the Ilses are done. ...
135Teejay_22GARTH SNOW!!! WHAT? What a slap in the face for N ...
136OilersAreOneYearWondersGarth Snow? What credientials does he have? What ...
137team_canadaI'm a HUGE Islanders fan, and I still think this m ...
138shadoufThe Islanders managament team, top to bottom, is a ...
139tonyd17What was Wang thinking? He's got some management m ...
140raygibsonWhat a gong show!!! No wonder Brent Sutter wanted ...
141goleafsgogarth snow? wang is nuts ...
142srboljub4cI bet Wang will hire the zamboni driver in October ...
143PHILLIE1966LETS NOT GET CRAZY I THINK THIS IS A GOOD THING. ...
144peiboltWell, so much for what looked like stability on Lo ...
145Scary_IzzoAnd, quite fittingly, the Islanders' web site has ...
146kgoulet15What a SAD...SAD...SAD excuse for a hockey team. I ...
147getthepuckofftheiceEvery body knows what Garth is thinking now: "OK I ...
148zzottohey....i want to be gm....where should i apply...t ...
149jets1069Ashamed Isle fan here....Catastrophic disaster wou ...
1501Canadien1Garth Snow...hahahahaha..the Islanders continue to ...
151squirlzy44Typical Island, nobody knows whats going on there, ...
152TylerDCan you say laughing stock of the league? I sure ...
153zabookHAHAHAHAHA. The Isles can always be counted on fo ...
154kcoutlawsSnow will be a Player/GM according to Wang. As a ...
155tomhallickGarth Snow as Isles GM???? That is LUNACY!! ...
156myopicvampMaybe it's the heat? I was an Islander fan in 1972 ...
1574ScottStevens4Isiah Thomas has just inquiried about the Isles GM ...
158ksbluesfanWas Garth Algar not available? Is this a joke? ...
159robgodI bet Smith's heading is still spinning......what ...
160DevsdiehardWhat is Wang smoking? Maybe they can take Malakhov ...
161PaulQQI hear it was between Ron Tugnutt and Garth Snow.. ...
162ty11223344just checking the calendar to make sure that its n ...
1631Canadien1Mike Milbury was a SAP when he played and he conti ...
164weazelsdrunkmore proof that the Islanders organization is one ...
165djnightravenAnd you guys laugh at the blackhawks. This makes t ...
166SilentHill30He Did What!? ...
167RoenicksWayTomorrow's News - Nolan fired... Islanders name Ya ...
168Sheppy_98Maybe it was because Neil smith didn't agree with ...
169robertlmangoKen9-what r u talking about you wrote this about ...
170imlachsabreTwo words - Ted Nolan! The GM Killer strikes in r ...
171fattymcgeeSounds like someone reminded the Islanders ownersh ...
172aalvaroIf this was April 1st, I would have thought that t ...
173mjbad2Please Don't pull Ted Nolan card. Nobody knows his ...
174GoochatthegamesThis has the earmarkings of Milbury all over it. W ...
175ih8fraserAs a bruins fan, all I can say is I feel your pain ...
176dpcattEverybody Wang Chung tonight...sounds like a great ...
177capebretonbarbarianGarth Snow as GM?? What's next.... they fire Nolan ...
178Trade_Sundin_PLZMILBURY FELT THREATENED....he was a useless GM exc ...
1791234Well...that's one way to get rid of a washed up go ...
180frankie8473Something sure stinks on the island and it's not L ...
181uselessleafsWow This is proof that Wong is a nutbar. Who hire ...
182harveys_wallbangersWow !!! Is Nolan getting fired next , I would want ...
183Thrill23DI can't wait until they're winning and you're all ...
18473dodoMoney saving move - Snow can dbl as backup goalie, ...
185ofhdhdyDid anyone know that Garth Snow actually retired? ...
186bobcatbobbySo who hired Nolan? It probably wasn't Smith and ...
187sportscrazyWow what a stable environment on the Island eh fol ...
188jssandbergGarth Snow will just serve as a figurehead for Man ...
189me_like_leafsThank you Wang, for making the Leafs look a little ...
190almcneilI wouldn't be suprised if Smith quit because of a ...
191ajimjThis is horrible, its so sad seeing the islanders ...
192Sports-AlminacLOW CLASS for a PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION to do th ...
193ErodEven the great PATRICK ROY admits he's not ready f ...
194actionboy1"THE GONG SNOW" ...
195gear316To Bromion: Actually Garth Snow fired back at Brod ...
196The_FirefighterI almost hurt myself when I fell off my chair in l ...
197ballzdeep12I would like to throw my hat into the ring for fut ...
198Wildog1268I heard Rick Tabbaracci turned down the job, so di ...
199xTybehuh?! Smith didnt even make it to the start of the ...
200joebearsonWHAT???? How about the rest of the story! Did Ma ...
201ajimjmy favorite thing is that on the employment part o ...
202Gabby92worst move ever.................dosen"t this mean ...
203malik1917man, the isles are messed up. ...
204soozeequDarn, if I knew it was that I easy, I would have a ...
205cityhawks35And you thought Harold Ballard was bad? ...
206jbrha ha! The circus is staying in town ...
207greendog44i think he beat Bill Laforge's record of shortest ...
208lmoI just died a little more inside. Garth is a gr ...
209stealth_allThe New York Islanders: A business model of embarr ...
210rubanskiA man of integrity??? How, this guy was the bigges ...
211bloodANDgutsWhat kind of a cracker jack, nut bar team are they ...
212FresnoSnuffSnow graduated from Maine University, probably in ...
213wilddaAbsurd. Absolutely absurd. For the sake of the f ...
214natekerrWang's management has ruined CA and now the Isles. ...
215capeckMikeMust Go.com ...
216islanderglutton36this wang at complete control. this does make some ...
217bird1551Milbury is a CANCER....THis man has done nothing f ...
218flyersfan37As a Flyers Fan.. I dont really care about NYI.. b ...
219dsbtThis franchise just gets more bizarre every day!! ...
220HockeyDude17Huh? This owner is utterly clueless! Bringing in N ...
221hockeygoon15Snow has had this position for hours and he hasn't ...
222gerry07The Islanders are out of their collective minds. W ...
223eskimos2002What a mistake, short honeymoon for Smith. Snow h ...
224jayman9999Something seems a little fishy on the island!!!! ...
225kirosoOwners should own, not manage. Just when I thought ...
226joebutta26You just fired a Stanley Cup winning GM for a back ...
227sprinter4i think this was a fill in to get milbury out,star ...
228mj21kthe isles are never going to be good until the own ...
229PM27Wildog1268 that response made me spit my coffee ou ...
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