08 February 2011
The Islanders hosted their second live Q & A session with Garth Snow yesterday on Islanders TV. â€ťThe GM Showâ€ť featured questions submitted by fans for the Islanders GM to answer. Out of the 15 minute Q & A sessions was the usual Dipietro Questions, questions about Kevin Poulin, and the usual Lighthouse questions that is allowed in.
As expected, nothing news breaking came out of the internet show but there was some interesting information.
One of the first questions was about the rookie net minder Kevin Poulin and if he felt he could handle the NHL. â€śIn a perfect world heâ€™d come out of juniors and spend time in the AHL,â€ť Snow stated. He went on to say that he was not worried about the young goalie and that Poulinâ€™s personal make up allows for him to handle pressure.
Snow was later asked about the NHLPA poll that stated the Islanders were the least desirable team to play for. â€śI firmly believe any poll like that has some correlation with our win/loss record,â€ť Snow explained.
Then the inevitable Dipietro question came up. â€śI think youâ€™ve seen games where Ricks been dominant the way he was prior to his injury,â€ť snow started off saying. â€śAnytime you miss two seasons with injuries itâ€™s tough for any athlete. Rick to me has played at a high level at many different times this season. Iâ€™m optimistic when Rick gets healthy that heâ€™s going to play at a high level.â€ť
Those were the major parts of the 15 minute session, but several other things came out during it. It was learned that the Islanders will be hosting their training camp on Long Island again next season. Also there is nothing new with the Lighthouse situation, somehow those always find their way in. â€śItâ€™s an uncontrollable situation from the team point of view,â€ť snow said in response to the question. Just have to focus on the task at hand and thatâ€™s winning hockey games.â€ť
The Islanders will face the Maple Leafs tonight at 7:00.
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