Garth Snow, Islanders laughing stock after Thomas Vanek deal

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow gambled hard on the value of Thomas Vanek and lost...

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow gambled hard on the value of Thomas Vanek and lost big time. (QMI Agency)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:56 PM ET

OK, so how bad do you have to do your hockey job to get chirped by John Spano?

I guess you have to trade a first-round pick, a second-round pick and a player like, say, Matt Moulson for a player like, say, Thomas Vanek and then trade Vanek for a second-round pick and a prospect who may or may not be a top-six forward.

That's what New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow did Wednesday as the clock ticked down to the NHL trade deadline.

Snow shipped Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens for prospect Sebastian Collberg, a speedy kid who was a Habs' second-round draft pick in 2012, and a conditional second-rounder (no pick will be involved if the Canadiens don't make the playoffs).

That got Spano worked up enough to weigh in on Twitter.

Spano, if you will recall, bought the Islanders in the mid-90s and owned them for a few months before it was revealed he didn't have the wherewithal to cover the $165 million purchase price (in one instance, he sent a cheque for $1,700 when $17 million was due, according to a story in Sports Illustrated). He wound up pleading guilty to bank fraud and spent four years in prison.


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