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07:39 AM ET 02.21 | In the wake of John Tavares' season-ending injury, we now know where Islanders general manager Garth Snow, who played for Team USA in 1994, stands on sending NHL players to the Olympic Games. Tavares likely will need surgery, which would mean as much as a six-month rehabilitation, but that still would allow the Islanders' captain to be ready for the 2014-15 season. ... "Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It's a joke," Snow said. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt. This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn't be in the Olympics, it should just be amateurs. And it could have happened to anyone; it just happened to be us that lost our best player."

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February 21, 2014  08:11 AM ET

How bad was the goaltending situtation in 1994 for the US? Even as a third stringer? Garth will always be know -- besides being a horrible GM -- is being the goalie that prompted changes in goalie equipment in the NHL. Garth came out looking like a tent.

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February 21, 2014  08:35 AM ET

The guy needs to relax. Injuries like that could have happened in any game in the NHL. Would he be crying about it then? Probably more concerned with his job because the team isn't very good with Tavares and will be really bad without him. Who's fault is that, Mr Snow?

February 21, 2014  09:12 AM ET
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The guy needs to relax. Injuries like that could have happened in any game in the NHL. Would he be crying about it then? Probably more concerned with his job because the team isn't very good with Tavares and will be really bad without him. Who's fault is that, Mr Snow?

I am no fan of this guy, but I believe he's right on this one. You get hurt in an NHL game, that's the job, it's going to happen. But take this out of a sports context...your next door neighbour wants to borrow your...whatever...expensive riding mower...and he breaks it. Could it have broken anyway while you use it? Sure...but that's not the same as him breaking it.
Sorry, Garth is right on this one

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February 21, 2014  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I am no fan of this guy, but I believe he's right on this one. You get hurt in an NHL game, that's the job, it's going to happen. But take this out of a sports context...your next door neighbour wants to borrow your...whatever...expensive riding mower...and he breaks it. Could it have broken anyway while you use it? Sure...but that's not the same as him breaking it.Sorry, Garth is right on this one

Yes he is. I actually feel for the Guy.

February 21, 2014  09:34 AM ET
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Better teams than his lost players just as valuable during these games. They kept their mouths shut and went to work figuring out a solution to their problems.Snow whined.Therein lies the difference between competent management and Wang management.

Listen, the NYR lost their top scorer, and hagelin isn't in great shape either. And if the last Olympics are any barometer, Henrik is going to be wiped out by playoff time.
But this isn't just losing a player, he is the islanders' (I know, no tough trick) best player, certainly one of the upper echelon in the NHL
Would you be so casual if it were..Sid...or even kessel?
I'm sure the Bruins weren't happy to hear Rask was 'sick"

February 21, 2014  09:39 AM ET

"Isles GM is fuming"

Isles GM is a woose!

But, I agree with him when he says: "Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It's a joke .... They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt. This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn't be in the Olympics...."

February 21, 2014  09:39 AM ET

"They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt. This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn't be in the Olympics, it should just be amateurs. And it could have happened to anyone; it just happened to be us that lost our best player."

This is what I was alluding to yesterday with my comment regarding legal recourse.

February 21, 2014  09:42 AM ET
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Listen, the NYR lost their top scorer, and hagelin isn't in great shape either. And if the last Olympics are any barometer, Henrik is going to be wiped out by playoff time.But this isn't just losing a player, he is the islanders' (I know, no tough trick) best player, certainly one of the upper echelon in the NHLWould you be so casual if it were..Sid...or even kessel?I'm sure the Bruins weren't happy to hear Rask was 'sick"

let me add one more:

The ONLY reason to go see the Isles play (unless you are a fan of the opposition). Tavares SELLS tickets!!!

February 21, 2014  09:42 AM ET
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Listen, the NYR lost their top scorer, and hagelin isn't in great shape either. And if the last Olympics are any barometer, Henrik is going to be wiped out by playoff time.But this isn't just losing a player, he is the islanders' (I know, no tough trick) best player, certainly one of the upper echelon in the NHLWould you be so casual if it were..Sid...or even kessel?I'm sure the Bruins weren't happy to hear Rask was 'sick"

No, wouldn't be casual at all if it were Sid...I would be pissed. But Sid wants to play, he insists on playing, so what do we do? How does it stop? I am actually more on your side, just not sure what the solution is, to be honest.

Not sure the Islanders would make the playoffs, but it isn't the point. He is a draw for fans, therefore a draw for the cash. It is a shame. Very unfortunate.

February 21, 2014  09:43 AM ET
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Better teams than his lost players just as valuable during these games. They kept their mouths shut and went to work figuring out a solution to their problems.Snow whined.Therein lies the difference between competent management and Wang management.

Nothing to do with that, DL.

You are paid by your employer to "play" in the NHL.
You got hurt playing for someone else. Plain and simple.

February 21, 2014  10:02 AM ET
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Nothing to do with that, DL.You are paid by your employer to "play" in the NHL.You got hurt playing for someone else. Plain and simple.

NHL players don't belong in the O-lame-picks. We're being robbed of NHL hockey and exposing our players to serious injuries.

If any NHLer wants to play in the O-lame-pics, let them retire from the NHL and take their own risks. If they make it unscathed, they can un-retire and come back to the NHL ... if anybody wants them.

O-lame-pics should be reserved for the amateurs.

February 21, 2014  10:08 AM ET
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NHL players don't belong in the O-lame-picks. We're being robbed of NHL hockey and exposing our players to serious injuries. If any NHLer wants to play in the O-lame-pics, let them retire from the NHL and take their own risks. If they make it unscathed, they can un-retire and come back to the NHL ... if anybody wants them.O-lame-pics should be reserved for the amateurs.

If I ever get the Commisoner's Job I covet so much...you are right up there on staff with me

February 21, 2014  10:13 AM ET
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If I ever get the Commisoner's Job I covet so much...you are right up there on staff with me

Thanks! But ... I'll gladly yield my position to Hank. But, you'll have to find a way of curbing his PK fetish though. ;-)

February 21, 2014  10:20 AM ET

Hey Snow just steal a guy off the waiver list like you did a certain goaltender of the Wings.

February 21, 2014  10:21 AM ET

I hate GS. He does have a point.

I bought tickets for an Isles game in mid march off of Stub hub for $15 a few weeks ago. Those same tickets are now going $8. It is becoming so difficult to support this team.

February 21, 2014  10:37 AM ET
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The guy needs to relax. Injuries like that could have happened in any game in the NHL. Would he be crying about it then? Probably more concerned with his job because the team isn't very good with Tavares and will be really bad without him. Who's fault is that, Mr Snow?

I have been against the NHL sending their players to the Olympics since 1998, as it is ridiculous to shut down a season for 2-3 weeks when they get no post-Olympic spike in viewers.

The same thing happens every year: If the US goes far, people get patriotic and start following hockey like they never have before. And the day the Olympics ends those casual fans never watch another hockey game again. What makes this year even worse is the time zone difference so anybody who works can't even watch the games anyway.

The NBA players going to the Olympics actually had a cause/effect where it opened up the world to sport of Basketball as those countries in Europe/South America are producing great players these days. The NHL has been producing players from Russia/Europe for 30 years now and it had nothing to do with the Olympics.

February 21, 2014  10:50 AM ET
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I have been against the NHL sending their players to the Olympics since 1998, as it is ridiculous to shut down a season for 2-3 weeks when they get no post-Olympic spike in viewers.The same thing happens every year: If the US goes far, people get patriotic and start following hockey like they never have before. And the day the Olympics ends those casual fans never watch another hockey game again. What makes this year even worse is the time zone difference so anybody who works can't even watch the games anyway.The NBA players going to the Olympics actually had a cause/effect where it opened up the world to sport of Basketball as those countries in Europe/South America are producing great players these days. The NHL has been producing players from Russia/Europe for 30 years now and it had nothing to do with the Olympics.

Absolutely spot on

 
February 21, 2014  11:41 AM ET

The only way I see the NHL sending players to the Olympics in South Korea is if NBC tells them to.

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