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Snow's idea of play-in tourney falls flat

FILE - New York Islanders General Manager Garth

FILE - New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow speaks at the podium during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre. (June 26, 2009) Photo Credit: Getty Images

While in Boca Raton, Fla., for the annual general managers meetings this week, Islanders GM Garth Snow introduced the idea of a play-in tournament for the final playoff spot.

Snow proposed a single-elimination tournament for teams that finish the regular season eighth through 15th in each conference.

The idea didn't gain much traction at the meetings, but Snow thinks the scenario would give teams decimated by injuries a fighting chance and discourage the bottom-feeders from each conference from unloading players at the trade deadline.

Snow said others thought this would take "too much meat out of the regular season."

He added, "I think it would do just the opposite . . . Instead of just going through the motions, teams are going to be gearing up to get ready for the end of the season."

Snow said he plans to re-introduce the idea next season.

Schremp surgery likely

Rob Schremp, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in his right knee, will meet with team doctors soon and likely will have surgery early next week.

Schremp, who was on crutches at Nassau Coliseum Thursday, said he had been feeling a nagging discomfort in that knee the entire season and aggravated the injury during Tuesday's game against Philadelphia.

Comeau returns

Blake Comeau returned to the lineup last night after missing Tuesday's game with back pain, an injury suffered when he was sent into the boards by Michael Ryder on Saturday.

Comeau said sitting out Tuesday was precautionary. "It could've been a lot worse,'' he said. "Obviously, my face took the brunt of the hit, but I'm just glad it wasn't my head or neck."

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