When Garth Snow sent Matt Moulson, plus a first- and a second-round pick, to the Buffalo Sabres for Thomas Vanek in October it raised some eyebrows.
When it became clear that Vanek planned on testing the open market this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, the trade looked even worse on paper for the New York Islanders.
Snow tried to save face at Wednesday’s trade deadline by getting something back for the Austrian winger, but the return wasn’t as much as many were expecting.
The Islanders received a conditional second-round pick and prospect Sebastian Collberg from the Montreal Canadiens for Vanek and a fifth-rounder in 2014. If Montreal misses the playoffs, no draft picks will be exchanged.
Islanders fans have been upset with Snow since he acquired Vanek, so when the latest deal was finalized, they took aim at Snow on Twitter. Within minutes the hashtag #SnowMustGo became a top trending topic in New York.
Here is some of the best reaction to the Vanek-to-Habs deal:
And we go straight to Garth Snow for his reaction: pic.twitter.com/0MqyhQZk1L
— Marc Dumont (@Dr_Habs) March 5, 2014
I bet in elementary school Garth Snow traded his snack packs for celery sticks. #SnowMustGo
— Brian (@savesthebrian) March 5, 2014
— Heisenberg (@kyleCUDDER) March 5, 2014
Garth Snow's master plan for the Isles pic.twitter.com/lhx6l38hKQ
— The Dman (@LifeofaDman) March 5, 2014
I was in love with this team 10 months ago. I'm back to being embarrassed about them. Thanks Garth. #SnowMustGo
— Isles Nation (@NYIslesNation) March 5, 2014
This just in: Garth Snow has traded Vanek for my dog pic.twitter.com/FtaxWLN4k0
— Robyn (@r0bynRN) March 5, 2014
Is Garth Snow going to reimburse NY Islanders season ticket holders for the next decade?
— PumperNicholl (@PumperNicholl) March 5, 2014
The NHL's other 29 GM's are clearly colluding to make Garth Snow look worse and worse.
— James O'Brien (@cyclelikesedins) March 5, 2014
Inspired by Garth Snow I drank a third of my beer and then poured the rest out the window. Then gave my life savings in exchange for a pen.
— Adam Hymowitz (@AdamHymowitz) March 5, 2014
Garth Snow and Mike Gillis seem to be engaged in some weird competition about the art of diminishing assets. . . .
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) March 5, 2014
Found out what Garth Snow was doing most of the day pic.twitter.com/zHxkcLx9Yy
— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) March 5, 2014