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The best and worst of Garth Snow

Garth's greatest hits

His best moves

1. Signing Mark Streit to a five-year, $20.5-million contract. Took a chance on a 30-year-old, little-known defenseman and he has turned into one of the steadiest players in the league.

2. Signing Dwayne Roloson to a two-year, $5-million contract. Roloson is not the goaltender of the future, but he's the main reason the Isles were within shouting distance of the playoffs this season.

3. Trading for Ryan Smyth at the 2007 trade deadline. It was a bold move and the Isles got to the playoffs (eliminated in five games by Buffalo). Even though Smyth didn't sign with the Isles, Snow gave up very little in the deal.

His worst moves

1. The Rick DiPietro contract. Snow had been on the job only two months when DiPietro signed a 15-year, $67.5-million deal in 2006. Owner Charles Wang was the driving force behind the insane contract, but Snow's first act as GM has not worked out at all.

2. Re-signing Mike Comrie. Comrie led the 2007-08 team in scoring but was never exactly a locker-room favorite, though Snow signed him to a one-year, $4-million extension. When Scott Gordon came on for the 2008-09 season, Comrie completely disappeared before being traded.

3. Brendan Witt's two-year, $6-million extension. Witt was already slowing down, but Gordon's up-tempo style was completely wrong for Witt, who is finishing his contract in Bridgeport.

Arthur Staple

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