Hours before approximately 1,100 fans were expected to descend upon Nassau Coliseum, Islanders general manager Garth Snow addressed the local media as well as the Quebec-based contingent.
On how he felt about tonight's display:
We have, here in Long Island, the most passionate fans, great hockey fans. I think the positive sign with something like tonight is how many fans we have in the national hockey league. We welcome all fans of the NHL.
On the team's current pursuit of a new arena:
Nothing new to report. For me, my job as general manager is to get this hockey team to where it needs to be, which is to win hockey games. And it starts tonight.
We’re here through 2015 were going to honor the lease. I know we’re not going to play one day longer than we have to in this arena.
On his level of concern over the dreadful attendance this season:
There are a lot of variables that go into the attendance. It isn’t there right now and obviously winning is a big part of that. There are other ingredients as well a tough economy and so on. We need to win hockey games and get them back in the building.
On the direction of the team as it is currently comprised and whether he'd consider looking for outside help to bolster the squad:
We’re obviously in a rebuilding mode here. We’re in a situation where we rely heavily on some young players. One thing I’ve ben proud of as GM is that our prospect pool has been replenished
I’m not gonna deviate from the plan to rebuild throughthe draft. I’m not going to trade our young prospects in Bridgeport or in junior hockey, college hockey or in Europe for a quick fix.
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