But then, with under an hour left until the deadline, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow made his moves. He added depth up front by acquiring Tyler Kennedy and improved the Islanders' goaltending by trading Chad Johnson to Buffalo in exchange for Michal Neuvirth. There were two other smaller moves, but it is safe to say that Snow had a successful day by the time the 3 p.m. deadline came and went.
The acquisitions were not blockbuster deals like other teams were pulling off in the days and hours leading up to the deadline, but for the Isles a blockbuster trade was not something that was necessary. In fact, it was likely never even on the minds of Garth Snow and the rest of the team's front office.
The Islanders acquired two players that addressed two of the team's needs; depth up front and backup goaltending
There were no reactionary moves due to what other teams did on Sunday and Monday. Picking up Kennedy and Neuvirth fit in with the organizational plan, one that was not going to be deviated from. The Isles did make moves, but acquisitions that made sense from both a short and long term perspective.
Snow didn't have to give up any highly-valued prospects and the team still got better.
Kennedy will serve as a good depth forward with playoff experience, and as someone who can help the Islanders' league worst penalty kill. Neuvirth comes to the Islanders as a better backup option than Johnson was, despite the recent upswing in his game.
Monday's moves once again show how savvy Garth Snow is. The Islanders weren't expected to make any moves, but the ones that they did make helped improve the team without having to surrender any major assets.