QUOTE(Melvin @ Jan 24 2011, 11:10 AM)
The hypocracy of some people when it comes to the Islanders is comical.
Hey, 101...I thought Snow and Wang didn't want to field a competitive team and were tanking? How does claiming Nabokov fit into that theory? Snow saw an opportunity to grab a cheap veteran goalie (who will at least keep the team as competitive as before) because his team has injuries and they want to keep their best goalie prospect in the AHL playing as much as possible.
"Why did they trade Roloson?!?" You're not paying attention, obviously. MONEY. They saved something like $2 million by trading him sooner rather than later. They got a pretty decent prospect for him, but they needed to save money. Period. Nabokov's contract, pro-rated for the rest of the season is something like $300K. So, Snow saves a shitton of money, secures a competitive goalie situation for the rest of the year and doesn't compromise the development of his (possible) future goalie. This is a bad move?
If claming a player off waivers creates ill-will, Checky, then at this point there's maybe 3 GMs activley talking to each other. My point is this happens all the time.
"But this is a big name player. Those other guys were just depth guys. It's different." Bullshit. 1) A player is a player. If a guy is on waivers and you need him and you can claim him, you do it. 2) Nabokov may not be that good. He's supposed to backup Detroit's starter. Maybe give Howard a little kick in the ass to start playing better. Nabokov isn't the same goalie he was 5 years ago. If he were, why the hell was he in Russia?
The reaction whenever the Isles do anything is getting stupid. No...it is completely stupid. It's amazing to me how everyone goes back to the same things. Wang is cheap...Snow is an idiot and over his head...they aren't a viable organization because they have no more fans. Blah, blah, blah. Wang is on record as saying he just can't lose $20M a year anymore. Do you blame him? Snow has been voted one of the better GMs in the league a few times (look it up) because he does a lot with a little and has a plan. The building they play in is a wretched hive of scum and villany(*). Yes, they suck on the ice. But even if they were winning, they'd still lose money. When they last made the playoffs in 2007, I read that they'd still lose money for the year unless they made it to the Conference Finals. Then they'd maybe break even. That building and lease are tight noose right now. Considering all that, the plan Snow is trying to execute is the only option until the building/lease situation is figured out. That said, he's doing a pretty good job.
So anyone who thinks the Isles are a joke for taking Nabokov off waivers...Come up with an actual reason that makes sense or fuck off.
You don't field a competitive team when you trade your best d-man and your veteran goalie, that you signed and committed to, before the midway point of the season. Claiming a veteran goalie who is evidently trying to make a Cup run as his main intention of returning to the NHL doesn't necessarily show that you are trying to put a competitive team up front.
I am paying attention, obviously, and with Roloson they saved about $1.7M; however they already paid about $1.3M of his services. You add Nabokov's salary of $300K and in the end the Islanders have paid out $1.6M between Roloson and Nabokov at season's end. Is this really a money saver then? No. They end up paying the same amount in the end for a goalie.
Nabokov went to Russia because he got the best offer and the playoff contenders in the NHL didn't have the cap space to sign him. Ottawa did not. Hawks did not. Wings did not, and they already had a tandem. Now the guy gets interest from these playoffs teams such as Ottawa, the Wings due to injury to Osgood......and Nabokov takes a bite, is willing to play for cheap with these teams that did not have room for him before.
That is Nabokov's situation. Now, tough luck for Nabby...the risks are there with the NHL rules, but worst case scenario was like...the Senators picking him up, not a team going for the lottery pick.
If you recall, and paid attention, i've been supportive of Snow since his Ryan Smyth move. I've recently criticized his moves because i did not like them one bit and this adds to that. Made no sense to do it in my opinion. So no, i am not just dissing him because he is the GM of the Islanders.