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Isles will look to upgrade on D via trade

Islanders general manager Garth Snow looks on during

Islanders general manager Garth Snow looks on during a press conference announcing the retirement of team captain Doug Weight. (May 26, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

 After a low-key first day of free agency for the Islanders--they signed veteran center Marty Reasoner to a two-year deal--GM Garth Snow predicted a similarly un-splashy rest of the weekend:

"To me, there's not that much out there to be inclined to be very active," Snow told Newsday when reached by phone Friday.

Snow is still looking for an upgrade on defense, however, and said a trade remains the most likely scenario.

"I think that's a reasonable expectation, yes," he said.

Once the Brad Richards decision is announced, another flurry of activity should resume as teams begin pursuing their Plan B's; that may then provide a better sense of which players could be on the move.

Last offseason, Snow acquired proven young blue-liner James Wisniewski via trade with Anaheim, but that didn't happen until August 1. Wisniewski, who was traded to Montreal midway through last season, signed a 6-year, $33 million deal with Columbus Friday.



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