Neil Smith gets the boot
Hired by the New York Islanders a little more than a month ago, new GM Neil Smith has been pushed out already. Details are as yet unavailable, but the early word is that management wasn't happy with his work so far during free agency.
Smith's acquisitions to this point (Chris Simon, Mike Sillinger, Andy Hilbert, Brendan Witt and Tom Poti) have taken a lot of heat in New York, and frankly, the Islanders' roster doesn't appear as if it has improved at all this summer.
I don't envy the position this puts the team's next GM in. Of course, that man just may be Mike Milbury.
Be strong, Isles fans.
UPDATE Things just got a little wackier, as the Islanders have apparently named the team's current backup goaltender, Garth Snow, the new general manager. As much as I respect Snow as a person, he simply does not have the requisite qualifications for this job.
It's going to be a sideshow in Long Island this year, I'm afraid.
UPDATE One of the scenarios which was given some creedence on the local sports radio station was reports of some in-fighting between Smith and Pat Lafontaine, owner Charles Wang's self-appointed senior advisor. (This is unconfirmed.)
It's amazing how quickly things have changed since this was written.