Pat Lafontaine’s Hiring: Old/New/Selective/Rules For Inexperienced Candidates/Owners/Media? Bridgeport Changes
Other than being very disappointed at one of Bill Torrey’s proteges in Darcy Regier’s, sixteen year tenure ending with Buffalo, I’m thrilled for Pat Lafontaine/Ted Nolan, and wish them the best of luck.
However what happened reaffirmed a lot of things, the biggest being NHL owners really have no clue on hiring executives which explains why most of them hate making a change in the first place.
Also that hockey media have the same selective standards as owners depending on the individual hired regardless of experience.
Many owners likely rely on the NHL for advice in these matters which is why Lafontaine’s Oct 2013 unspecified job with the NHL lasted almost to the day (42) as his tenure with the Islanders in 2006 before Sabres owner, Terry Pegula, made a decision.
It’s not unreasonable to suggest with Lafontaine’s move back to Buffalo, the league advised Pegula or he got to know Lafontaine since he purchased the club.
Of course the question there is did Lafontaine go unconventional hiring Ted Nolan as a coach (interim) or did Pegula go against the school of thinking that kept teams from hiring Nolan aside from Charles Wang, and hire Nolan with Lafontaine?
Likely a question the media will not touch.
Of course we would see a completely opposite reaction if Charles Wang hired Denis Potvin (experienced broadcaster) to be the Islanders President, Mike Bossy (experienced corporate relations) to replace Garth Snow, and Bryan Trottier (experienced head/cup winning assistant coach) to replace Jack Capuano.
There is no Central Scouting for owners when it comes to hiring team a team executive or the person entrusted with running the hockey operation. Most are corporate billionaires, some throw money at the biggest name/resume, others take a chance from experience built over years, some internal, while others hire the people/players they become friends with.
It was obvious Charles Wang did a terrible job struggling to find a general manager from January to June in 2006, however he corrected his mistake, and his team qualified for the playoffs. His current general manger signed John Tavares for less than James Wisniewski/Ehrhoff/Richards (countless others) which is why win or lose in 2013-14 he should retain his job to go with the comments of the players themselves who all made clear they like being part of this organization, especially the ones who would supposedly never report here, but enthusiastically resigned.
This is why Garth Snow earns his paycheck.
When an exeutive is a problem (rare) for an organization, it usually results in many of them not being hired elsewhere. Obviously Neil Smith comes to mind.
And like general managers in trades some owners do not give much help/advice to other owners, some even want compensation.
As for team President Pat Lafontaine, I would love to be in the room when his 1991 version sits down, and is told by a player agent, I will not resign with the Sabres under the current ownership regardless of any contract offer.
“I expect they’ll offer us something, but I don’t expect it will resolve anything,” said Meehan. “What Pat wants from them is to be traded; nothing’s changed.”
This was with an ownership which financed four Stanley Cup Championships, with a general manager, named Torrey, a coach named Arbour.
Of course a decade later Mr Torrey joked about it on ice when Charles Wang honored him, before honoring Lafontaine 11/8/2003 at the Coliseum with a pregame ceremony days after his NHL Hall of Fame induction.
Does Pat Lafontaine’s experience merit being an NHL team President?
I do find it fascinating the same media who roasted Snow’s appointment to Islanders general manger now simply dismiss it as “neither have others” when the question of Lafontaine’s experience comes up.
We have hybrid icing, and now hybrid media.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced Wednesday 11/13, that they have signed forwards Chris Langkow and Sean Wiles to professional tryout contracts (PTOs). The team has also loaned forward Greg Miller to the Stockton Thunder (ECHL). Finally, the New York Islanders have reassigned forward Kirill Kabanov to Bridgeport while reassigning forward Jason Clark to Stockton.
I kind of laugh when some are complaining about the Islanders power-play going 0-30/something.
This is not the 1980′s.
A power play at thirty percent levels off, which was never a good mix of distributed scoring that was sustainable to begin with. Even successful teams don’t operate at that number any longer for a season with the equipment goaltenders/players wear.
Entering Matt Moulson’s final game against Philadelphia the unit had ten goals (one 5-3 perimeter goal against Phoenix from Tavares) but was operating at 30.3 percent, while getting virtually nothing from it’s defenders.
Overall the numbers were more anomaly then fact, nothing built to last. Expecting Nielsen or Okposo to keep up their offensive pace was/is not realistic based on their career trends.
Bottom line until this team leans how to win low scoring games, and play some defense, it has no chance.
Twenty nine other teams are always looking for quality defenders. That kind of player is only available as a pending UFA rental if they waive a NTC/NVC because all of them have this clause.
Garth Snow’s experienced enough by now, and has seen this movie here with Steve Staios, Mike Mottau, Mark Eaton & Milan Jurcina. The team played better without them because the defense was faster.
The goals Nabokov allowed in Washington were about a hot team quickly exploiting a weak defense shorthanded. One of the teams positives has been it’s penalty kill, not so much this season.
The face-off problems are also becoming another alarming trend.
Management made the right call bring up Aaron Ness. They should bring up Calvin deHaan or someone else with him because Matt Carkner/Radek Martinek are never going to be the answer beyond a spot game.
Carkner & Boulton can go on waivers if Bridgeport wants to give Jon Sim some veteran company during his PTO.
I have never seen Martinek misread plays or coverage like he’s done in some recent games.
Offensive players see Carkner not with his stick/body in the right place on the ice, exploit his skating, and pass right through him but that’s what he did in Ottawa too which led to many frequent benchings.
Jack Capuano’s wearing down Hamonic, and MacDonald (approaching UFA) quickly.
The best of this team so far as been around five hundred even with the scoring which means they are well out of the playoff mix. (and they have had every break in a mediocre division or they would be ten points out of that third seed already)
Too many other players eat ice time, and provide nothing but at best an even shift. If your fourth line is full of minus players that is not a good unit.
Donovan-Ness were both plus players on a terrible defensive team in Bridgeport together last season, I would put them together.
If Boston can give Dave Scatchard sixteen million dollars, and ship him to Phoenix without a month or two, Garth Snow can correct his mistake with Cal Clutterbuck, and move him to another team so 1st round selection Brock Nelson has a permanent spot here off the Sound Tigers rookie scoring record a year ago while improving another weakness.
That laughter in the background is from Edmonton when Snow offers him up for Nail Yakupov which is why Nino Niederreiter is never traded at that age unless it’s for a similar prospect coming off an All-Star development season in the AHL.
Please stop writing Niederreiter demanded a trade, there is no such quote anywhere. He had a binding contract for 2013-14 to be a member of this franchise with the club owning his rights for years after that.
The only silly quotes are coming out of some Minnesota media going back to 2007.
So let’s go back to 12/21/07 entry and remind everyone Don Lucia decided to discuss the Islanders, and Snow responded.
1-When the National Hockey Leagues (not Tsn/Espn personalities) make a trade call that the New York Islanders have options with regard to when they surrender their first round pick in the Vanek trade there is something to write about here, not before.
This is one trade call, dozens are made at the deadline so it should not be a very tough job to release all details if that’s the case. When the Devils were penalized by the NHL for the Kovalchuk contract, it was made very clear by the league the team would have a choice of when they forfeit their first rounder.
New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters Monday that the organization has decided to retain its first-round pick for the 2013 NHL Draft, which the Devils are hosting, on June 30.
The Devils forfeited a 2011 third-round pick, and also were told they needed to forfeit a first-rounder at some point over the next four years following the penalty.
The league, and the teams have made no such announcement with regard to the Islanders 1st round selection. Both general managers have made no such comment despite hosting press conferences.
Nothing I have not written endless times about how poor a job the New York Islanders professional media does.
2-There is also nothing new I can write about the New York Islanders defensive problems & five on five scoring issues that has not been posted here for days/weeks. Al Arbour could not fix this defense as presently constructed, expect a lot more of Jack Capuano getting upset or being unfairly held accountable with his job.
This club cannot win with any regularity on defense as it’s currently constructed, they allow three goals a game or more, with not a single five on five goal produced to date for the season by this group.
This cannot be fixed internally with the current group, it’s a season long issue.
Anyone missing Mark Streit’s skating, passing, scoring and ability to move the puck yet?
Sometimes a player is that valuable to one team.
3-No more hiding for Bridgeport, they have to start playing hockey on a regular basis beginning on Wednesday 10/30. Twelve games against Hartford out of seventy six?
That keeps up it may not matter who the 2017 Nassau Coliseum AHL home team is.
4-Rick DiPietro is expected to play a game this week.
Daniels said DiPietro will definitely play this week, though not sure when. Said he seems to be in great shape. Games Wed, Thurs, Sat.
— Paul Branecky (@PaulBranecky) October 28, 2013
His veteran counterpart is AHL player of the week with back to back shutouts. DiPietro could play 10/30 or 10/31.
The odds of Thomas Vanek resigning here are very long, he declined to be the one of highest paid players in the league to resign with Buffalo to play with their young players.
Vanek’s going to have to wait for Donovan, Ness, deHaan, Reinhart, Pullock to develop, along with the rest of Garth Snow’s long list of prospects.
Let’s also look at the history of these signings (now limited to eight years) how many of them end with a winning team/Stanley Cup long-term vs the Brad Richards, Elias, Yashin, Kovalchuk, Bryzgalov, Wisniewski, Jeff Carter/Mike Richards, Robert Luongo, Dany Heatley?
I could list fifty or more players over the years even before when free agency was age 31. Msg/Comcast could stock a league with those players. The AHL may need a lockout before the Rangers are done sending veterans there.
How many fans are thrilled Ryan Smyth did not take the Islanders offer? Colorado/Kings could not get rid of him fast enough, same with Jason Blake.
Feeling terrible about Ehrhoff turning down that twenty million offer that one day he was an Islander? How about Paul Martin, who has struggled in Pittsburgh?
Within a year or two most organizations regret these contract, are stuck with it, or only can move the player because the contract was massively front-loaded?
A success story? I cannot think of many. Chara had to move on again from Ottawa to Boston, and lost his 3-0 series lead vs Philadelphia before winning his one cup with Boston.
Joe Thornton’s been a fantastic player in San Jose, not even close to a Stanley Cup.
Charles Wang will almost certainly have to front-load his first contract ever with no ticket revenue from the worst fan base in the NHL that provide him nothing but red-ink/lowest attendance.
Why would Charles Wang do that all over again for all the fan appreciation/season ticket increases it never brought him for Yashin, Peca, DiPietro, Tavares, countless others on the current club?
Vanek went from playing in front of 18,000 on a Monday night in Buffalo with a last place team, to an announced 10,000 that looks like seven thousand at the Coliseum for a team off a playoff spot.
It’s not even close to sold out on weekends either unless the Coliseum is filled with another teams fans.
Now Vanek’s going to a defense with zero even strength goals, that cannot hide it’s struggling defenders, and was struggling in their own zone with Strait/Visnovsky with nothing in Bridgeport to help this, and no more first rounders to upgrade?
Thomas Vanek’s going to sign up for that when there are veteran/corporate teams that will surround him with franchise veterans, as payrolls climb toward a hundred million by the end of this CBA.
So What’s The Worst That Can Happen?
1-Vanek leaves a competitive Islander team at the end of the season that fails to make the playoffs with no trade deadline return because they kept him, and continued to compete for a playoff spot.
That’s been the trend here with lesser talents.
Ok, so this means the Isles pick Buffalo now has is likely a 10-15 pick in a draft not very deep with Strome, Lee, Nelson (others) waiting for a chance. Kind of where Edmonton selected with the Islanders 2007 playoff seed at #16.
2-The wheels continue to fall off defensively, it is a lottery team, Snow get’s back his first rounder plus more at the trade deadline which is a big downgrade from that potential lottery pick, but salvages something.
That’s where I see this going.
Matt Moulson is an excellent hockey player with one skill set. (yes, I get doubled his five on five goals for Buffalo in one game) he may just want to return here (not likely) next summer, if he hits UFA after another trade.
That’s for July 2014.
Thomas Vanek brings a different skill set that will open more room on the ice for John Tavares, who’s not had any room to operate, even on the power-play with one goal.
Did anything Sunday improve Snow’s huge weaknesses on defense? No.
That’s why I believe we are looking at the worst of what can happen. Even the struggling teams in this conference can play some games where they give up two goals or less.
The Rangers, Devils, Flyers lose low scoring games. The 2013-14 New York Islanders have not demonstrated this ability unless the other team self-implodes or Nabokov keeps them close.
The five hundred record has been about special teams or players performing above their career resume, little else.
How did they go 11-1-2 a year ago? Defense, low/quality shots against, and a different line finding a way to produce.
That team is not this team in anything but name.
Islanders twitter account had nothing new from comments on Sunday by Garth Snow.
Snow: "We know we're getting a high character person and excited he's in our locker room," on Vanek wearing the 'C' in Buffalo. #Isles
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) October 28, 2013
#Isles GM Garth Snow: "We haven't been good enough. We're .500 right now and our expectation is to be higher than that."
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) October 28, 2013
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) October 28, 2013
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) October 28, 2013
#Isles lines at practice: Vanek-Tavares-Okposo; Bouchard-Nielsen-Bailey; Grabner-Nelson-Regin-Clutterbuck; Martin-Cizikas-McDonald-Boulton
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) October 28, 2013
No announced callups/no Brian Strait/Visnovsky at practice. Keenan is a defender.
— The Sound Tigers (@TheSoundTigers) October 28, 2013
Islanders website: Announced that they have acquired Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matt Moulson, a first round selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft and a second round selection in 2015. Vanek, 29, joins the Islanders after playing in 13 games with Buffalo this season, accumulating nine points (four goals and five assists).
“As an organization, we are not satisfied with what our record is and where we are as a team”
“We expected a little bit better,” Snow said. “We had an opportunity to acquire an elite winger, so we did it. Matt Moulson has been a great player for us the last couple years. Sometimes you have to give up something to get something.”
“We traded a player who was going to be a free agent for a player who is going to be a free agent,” Snow said. “We’re looking to make our team better, that’s the bottom line.”
“He’s got a ton of upside,” Snow said of Vanek. “He’s a responsible player. He’s powerful, he skates. He’s a high character hockey player and person. We’re excited to have him it here.”
“It makes giving up draft picks of that nature a little less of a burden when you’ve had the drafts that we had and the prospect pool we have,” Snow said. “Yes, it’s a high price to pay, but you have to give something to get something.”
“I didn’t like the way we’d been playing, We’re better than our record indicates and we need to take the next step. Thomas is an elite player in this league and he’ll help us now and in the future.”
”Matt has been a great player for us the past few years Obviously he’s a good person. But I can tell you I’m not happy with where we are record wise. We’re better than this. We need to take the next step and I wasn’t just going to sit by and let games pass.”
“For the most part, I’m happy with our group, we have to be more consistent. The bar was set the second half of last season and in the playoffs and we need to get there, sooner rather than later. “We know our players in there can do the job. It’s a matter of going out and doing it.”
”On one hand surprised by the trade but another not really,” Moulson’s agent, Wade Arnott, said in an email to The News after talking with his client. “Matt will now have the opportunity to choose were he wants to play whether that is Buffalo or elsewhere in free agency. He is heading to Buffalo with an open mind. No conversations yet but interested in hearing Sabres plans.”
”It was a deal that was off and on here for a while,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said in First Niagara Center. “It was something we feel we needed to do.”
“It’s sad to leave people you care about and love behind, I think over the years, I’ve shown my want to be a part of the organization and turning around the team into being successful. I guess, obviously, in the long run, they didn’t feel the same. I guess this is what happens in pro sports, I gotta move on. Obviously, I’ll miss everyone, but this will be a new chapter.”
”If we hadn’t drafted so well, if we didn’t have good prospects, we couldn’t afford to take the risk,” Snow told McKenzie on the steep price the Islanders paid to acquire Vanek. The Islanders had not held contract extension discussions with Vanek prior to acquiring him.
Vanek’s agent Stephen Bartlett told McKenzie that his client is “excited to be an Islander.” “We’ll take it day by day and focus on the short term for now and see where we are at season’s end,” Bartlett told McKenzie..
New York Islander Fan Central Comments:
The biggest trade of Snow’s tenure as general manager, and a very sad day to lose a first class player like Matt Moulson. Snow however failed to improve his biggest need with a defense struggling badly without an even strength goal, and he traded a first round pick, plus a second rounder in 2015.
It reflects the desperation that goes well beyond the standings to the play of the New York Islanders. No forward is going to help Matt Carkner or Matt Donovan move the puck quicker away from the defensive end of the ice.
Absolutely this forward group had to get faster, the moves to other lines for Moulson were a sign something could be coming. Tavares needed more speed/skill around him at five on five which is where this team was not scoring.
Vanek helps this. New York losses one of it’s key powerplay weapons, however as written earlier Tavares had one power-play goal all season.
No doubt John Tavares now has a better, faster offensive talent around him (which he badly needed to open some room on the ice for him), but the loss of his friend will sting a lot after losing Mark Streit last summer.
Both Moulson/Vanek can be recycled in trade deadline deals (to recoup 1st rounders) if this fails to help improve either club.
I would be surprised if Snow is not done, if he’s going for it right now he must to do something about his defense because that’s where the club’s biggest problems are, and they cannot be fixed internally.
He just lost his first round pick next summer. .
Long term to resign Vanek means front-loading, the kind of contract this franchise does not give out, and many corporate teams will next July, along with where everyone in media claims he will be heading in Minnesota.
Fair or not Vanek did not make the Sabres a winning franchise for the contract he received to keep him from being part of their exodus at the time.
There are simply too many holes. Visnovsky’s likely extended loss to injury just created another big one. Nabokov has been very solid.
The goals from Nielsen/Okposo are not likely to continue, Tavares will have his slumps, Nabokov will allow his soft goals. Carolina did not even play well, but their size, speed, skill created chances this offense simply has yet to show capable of this season win or lose.
I get that scoring three goals a game is good in this league no matter how you score them, but how they are scoring them (mostly against weak teams) is not sustainable.
The Islanders are working hard producing two forty shot plus shot games, the quality of most of them is another story.
Expect things to get much worse.
When the 2013-14 New York Islanders score it is almost always a deflected puck, a broken play, a poor goaltending/defensive error by the opposition, or a bouncing puck. Some ugly goals are fine, but it’s not reliable production.
The goalies on the other team are not being asked to steal games. Edmonton’s goalie was good, he was not facing chances that had him scrambling like the kind Justin Schulz created on the Oilers first goal.
I wrote a few days ago Jack Capuano is desperate, his line combinations scream he’s looking for some balanced scoring or to get anything out of Regin, Bouchard, Clutterbuck, who simply are not players who produce much offense, and not enough to take Brock Nelson out of the lineup, who is back in Bridgeport.
Hitting is an important part of hockey, but the scoring has to support this.
Powerplays that produce goals off broken plays are also not reliable, especially when you see Regin, Martin, and no offensive defenders as part of it.
Moulson keeps moving around, he keeps getting his numbers, how long does that continue?
Matt Carkner should have been all three stars for Carolina, that’s his career trend which saw him be a twenty game healthy scratch in Ottawa when he’s unplayable. He’ll likely be staying in the lineup, even with no choice but to let Donovan develop by playing.
For a coach who’s career trend is to always dress the same lineup after a win, putting Donovan in the stands for Carkner was a very uncharacteristic decision for Jack Capuano, even if Carkner won the game for this team.
Donovan had a very poor first game for Bridgeport last season, and was scratched by Scott Pellerin. He played every single game afterward. (74)
Ok, now we see if Garth Snow makes the safe play in resigning a skating defender in Martinek, who’s not going to produce or trust someone in Bridgeport whether it be comparable skaters to Visnovsky in deHaan/Ness, or make a trade.
Make no mistake now, the schedule is going to get much tougher, what’s being exploited in games now will only get worse.
That’s why I expect a free fall.
Unfortunately my projection of this team out of right wing depth is holding. Jack Capuano from day one of camp has sounded like a coach who knows he does not have enough talent.
It shows in games.
The New York Islanders are lumbering around the ice, unable to sustain any fore-check as a unit. Only thing close in games is the scoreboard, this team is getting outworked win or lose in all three zones.
Brad Boyes/Nino Niederreiter are making Garth Snow look very bad right now. One off to an excellent start, Niederreiter already past his fifty game production here as a rookie.
Kyle Okposo as a first line right wing is getting some points, but his line is very slow collectively. Josh Bailey has been on the second line with some results, but again he’s moved around too much.
Wait until Nielsen stops producing which will be soon given his career trends.
Bouchard does not look to have a clue, Nelson was first to the bench.
Clutterbuck does not seem close to game shape, nor is he likely to produce when he is in shape.
The answer is not coming from Bridgeport.
Alan Quine was Bridgeport’s first line right wing on Sunday, after he was a third line right wing, then fourth line center. Joey Diamond went from first lime right wing to third line left wing.
Scott Pellerin’s touch of getting less out of more seems to be working fine from last year, albeit with a very young AHL roster this time.
Tsn.ca reported Snow left St Petersberg on 12/21/2004 in an era before there was a KHL.
On 7/29/2005 Snow was resigned by the Isles to a three year extension as an UFA.
This entry has nothing to do with the previous post about the general manager.
I felt it would be interesting to take a quick look back at how NHL locked out player, Garth Snow, saw the 2004-05 lockout.
I always remembered this interview because of his honest, candid comments at the time.
Snow before 2010 was the only former player who had become a general manager since the 04-05 lockout beyond brief co-gm Brett Hull with Dallas who retired in October 2005.
It has nothing to do with players immediately named gm.
Bob Clarke was hired as gm by Ed Snider of the Flyers upon his retirement after 83-84, who was fired by Jay Snider before becoming gm in Minnesota, Florida before returning as senior vp, then gm, which he held until 2006 when after being fired he again was named senior vp in Dec 2006.
Ray Shero was a long-time assistant in Ottawa/Nashville before behind hired by Pittsburgh in 2006.
Dave Nonis was gm in Vanvouver from 2004-2008.
Among the current general managers:
Steve Yzerman was named Tampa’s gm in 2010, his final NHL season was 2005-06.
Former Islander/new Montreal gm, Marc Bergervin’s final NHL season was 2003-04.
Fun Story Of The Day:
So in September 2001 Vancouver gm Brian Burke wanted to claim Garth Snow off waivers?
Sorry gang, Snow’s 2000-01 stats in Pittsburgh did not scream he had improved. Chris Osgood was also claimed off waivers with DiPietro being left in Bridgeport.
Nino Niederreiter scored two goals in first period, took a stick in the face, returned but only took one brief pp shift in second period on Wednesday in Sound Tigers 5-2 win. David Ullstrom has three assist, one ENG.
Nothing on Travis Hamonic or Brock Nelson close to returning.
Snow again employeed his 2012 favorite word———rebuilding.
This was something he made clear was a word he did not like and rarely used back in 2009. There have been several entries here critical of him for this change which began when the 2011-12 season fell apart here.
If Garth Snow does not believe his own past statements, he’s not being honest with the public or himself.
That’s very disappointing because the outside talent his staff has identified, the excellent contract negotiations with many players re-signing here (Tavares, Okposo, Grabner, MacDonald, Nielsen x 2) speak to his skills that he absolutely is a capable NHL general manager who’s had some very poor luck with man games lost to injury with players signed to very astute contracts at the time (Witt, Hunter, Sillinger, Sim, Reasoner, Comrie, Eaton) where most simply broke down.
I asked Snow flat out about front-loaded contracts in one of his past Islander website ask the gm segments. I did not get a real answer or was expecting one.
Charles Wang in his XM 10/25/12 interview referred to front-loaded contracts as ” One of those fancy, funny deals with big money up front—-signing bonus, ” when discussing the straight yearly contract DiPietro signed.
I have absolutely no problem with that stance by Wang if that’s his view on front-loading.
Brian Burke refused to do it in Toronto. Montreal would not either and when the time came to sign top free agents the building made no difference. Those franchises (like all others with the same policy IE San Jose) all never landed one top free agent.
Reality here is Garth Snow can discuss free agency all he likes. He can redo the dance in the past about the building being a factor to help Wang get a new/renovated arena in Nassau which is exactly what he should have been doing.
But now we move forward when the day comes when there will be NHL unrestricted free agency again on 7/1. There may be front-loading, or not. If there is front-loading Wang/Snow will have to do it whether the Isles play at the Barclay’s Center, Nassau Coliseum or in Montreal if they wish to land a top player.
If not, the building again will not matter.
If front-loading is out of the next CBA it levels the playing field more, but whatever loophole is found to exploit the system as we saw when front-loading really got started with the Drury, Gomez, Briere, Smyth UFA class, this time Garth Snow will have to do the same if he’s serious about landing any top free agents.
John Spano joined twitter-I asked him on 12/18 if an apology to NYI fans, Mr Pickett for your actions is a respectfully appropriate request to ask of you.
He responded with the following: here.