Again it's the Pittsburgh/Chicago scenario that has many expecting too much, too soon. If one thing is for sure, Snow hasn't greatly deviated from this gradual approach to a climb back to relevancy and at some point it might pay off. The acquisitions of Evgeni Nabokov and Brian Rolston run counter to that plan, but they were low-risk gambles on players the team hoped would give its youngsters a push.
The Islanders haven't been a big player in unrestricted free agency, but that's partly because of ownership and also because Snow is beginning to get results. One or two UFA signings wouldn't have been enough to get this team over the hump and may have hurt more than helped (look at the Sabres). The Islanders are still rather brutal, but the fact players such as John Tavares are finding their footing is a promising development."