With the New York Islanders sinking rapidly down the standings and in danger of disappearing without a trace, general manager Garth Snow is reportedly considering making some changes to his roster. The squad has gone winless in nine, and not even an audience from Snow and owner Charles Wang could shake the team out of the current losing streak.
Snow spoke to Arthur Staple of Long Island Newsday about the possibility of making some changes to the makeup of his team, and he had this to say:
We’re looking at all our options… Obviously, we have some key players not performing at a high enough level. I understand the frustrations of our fans. We have those same frustrations in our locker room, in the coaches’ room, for myself. We felt we had guys who were ready to take the next step. Now we’re just trying to right the ship and win a few games.
According to Staple, Snow has been trying to make a move for help in net for weeks and is also contemplating a call up for Ryan Strome. The 20-year-old has been playing out of his mind for the Bridgeport Sounds Tigers lately, and has 17 points in his last eight games in the AHL.
Snow would need to waive or trade a player to make space for Strome, but the temptation to recall him might be too great to resist. The youngster is an offensive dynamo and could be a massive boost to a struggling squad. Counting on only Strome to come in and right the ship wouldn’t be realistic, but after only 33 games in the AHL he seems to have outgrown that level of competition.