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Time for Snow to make a move

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

 With less than two weeks remaining until the pivotal August 1 referendum on building a new Coliseum, the Islanders have ramped up their efforts to spread the word and encourage voters.

The team announced today a rally next Wednesday at 4 p.m. outside the Nassau Coliseum box office, featuring speakers such as team owner Charles Wang and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Long Island's Blue Oyster Cult will also play a free concert at the rally.

This PR push will undoubtedly continue in the days leading up to the vote, but what else could the Islanders do to energize the fan base and mobilize the troops?

Make a move. 

And not just a move to advance the arena agenda, but a move that would genuinely improve the team. Garth Snow has not been shy about the need for a top-pair defenseman to play alongside Mark Streit and now is his chance to pursue just that.

The Islanders will need to add salary to get to the cap floor regardless, so why not kill two birds with one stone?

Fans have been lusting for some action--something, anything--after a quiet-borderline-silent free agency.

And with a few teams now battling bonus overages from last season and looking to clear space while getting all their key players signed, now is the time.

Free concerts are great, but fans want to know this: If they are willing to shell out the money to help build this new arena, will the Islanders reach into their pockets to help build the team?

 

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