The Islanders finished last season in last place in the entire NHL. After reading a lot of comments from other web sites, the fan base seems to believe that signing back up goaltender Dwayne Roloson will not be enough for the Islanders to compete. More so, there should be a harder effort at signing a few more NHL free agents, then restocking the AHL. Snow did have a response:
"We have the flexibility to make additions to the lineup, but I'm leery of bringing in players who are going to take ice time and compromise the development of our young players," Snow said. "The path we're taking is building through the draft. The best situation for our team is if some young player comes to camp and earns a spot on our roster. I don't think I've deviated from the plan we made public a year ago." Garth Snow-Newsday.
As far as getting an enforcer, the Islanders don't seem to be in a real hurry.
"There's always going to be that element," Snow said. "Just because we haven't made a deal in July doesn't mean that will be the case by training camp. If we find the right fit with a player of that nature, we'll pursue it." Garth Snow-Newsday.
So what does this mean? It means don't hold your breath for anything, and stay patient. The Islanders transition period into a contender should be roughly 4 years. They have only completed one year so far. No need to rush nor stall the progress of the younger players if the Islanders are no where near contention.
That is a thought that should be understood by now, but fans still want to win now, and ruin the possible long term success of this team.