The Islanders might finally be doing it right.
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In adding defenseman Mark Streit to nurture an ailing power play on a 5-year deal for the right price, Garth Snow did his job well. This addresses a need and doesn't take away from any deserving youngster looking for ice time.
In bringing in cagey veteran Doug Weight to center the top line on a 1-year deal, he does a few things all at once. First and foremost, you've got a tutor for the kids. An on the ice teacher, if you will, experienced and talented to lead the youngsters. Two, you've got someone to play with Bill Guerin and not just anyone. In Weight, you've got a guy who has experienced success with Guerin years ago. These two are at the end of their careers, yes, but the talent is still there. And third, you're allowing Mike Comrie to relax a little and play where he needs to play - on the second line. A first line center, as is well chronicled the hockey media world over, he is not.
And Blake Comeau and Kyle Okposo on the wings with Comrie in the middle sounds like fun to me!
Something else to ponder : if, as is probably expected by many, the Islanders are nowhere near contention come deadline time, Doug Weight is a guy you can definitely move. I'm sure he's well aware of this as well.
It looks like this could be it for the Isles and free agency and, for once, I'm okay with that.
Bravo, Garth ... you have regained my confidence (and patience.)
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