aPRIL 17, 2018 | 5:48PM ET
ISLANDERS LOOKING FOR NEW GM?
The New York Islanders may be in the market for a new General Manager, with Garth Snow remaining atop the organization’s managerial depth chart, according to a report.
Snow, the Isles’ President, GM and Alternate Governor, is signed to a lengthy contract, though the team will not confirm the terms of his deal.
Citing two sources, Chris Botta of SNY’s Point Blank reports Islanders co-owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky are currently searching for a “top executive to join the Islanders’ hockey operations department.”
According to Botta, Snow would stay on board as the club’s President, or he could be given another title.
With their search in full swing, the Isles may wait until after the first-round of the playoffs, as Botta suggests, to seek permission to interview potential candidates.
Botta lists Tampa Bay Assistant GM Julien BriseBois, Nashville AGM Paul Fenton and New Jersey AGM Tom Fitzgerald among those expected to be on Malkin and Ledecky’s radar.
New York Newsday beat reporter Andrew Gross reports the Devils have not been contacted by the Isles regarding Fitzgerald, as of today.
Other potential candidates include Los Angeles AGM Mike Futa, Pittsburgh AGM Bill Guerin and former Vancouver AGM Laurence Gilman.
This is the first news report linking the Islanders to contemplating a change at the GM position. Snow was named GM of the club on July 18, 2006, the same day he announced his retirement as a goalie in the NHL.
The timing of a potential GM change may also have something to do with the future of Islanders captain John Tavares, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Bringing in a new GM could illustrate a change in the team’s game plan moving forward, which could strengthen Tavares’ commitment to the franchise.