Read: M's GM Zduriencik started with the Mets

In a report for MLB.com, Jim Street profiles Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, who has done an amazing job in just two years, turning his team from 100 losses to legit contenders for the AL West.

“I think Jack and manager Don Wakamatsu have done a tremendous job changing the culture in Seattle,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels told Street.  “They’ve got a pretty clear plan and everything they have done has fallen into place.  They are going to be a tough team to score upon, especially in that ballpark.  They’re emphasizing pitching and defense and are doing everything they can towards that.”

...hmm, i feel like i’ve heard that plan before… but where, and from whom… hmm...

…in talking with people around baseball, about the Mets situation, they all seem to use the Mariners as an example, pointing out how a team, so as long as it makes smart choices, especially one in New York, can turn itself around on a dime… but, again, it’s all about making smart choices

By the way, the 59–year-old Zduriencik started his professional baseball career in 1980 as an area scout for the Mets, with whom he eventually served as Director of Minor League Operations from 1995 to 1998, during which he was also a special asisstant to Mets GM Steve Phillips.





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rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

details from the Kennedy trade from the isles site.. 


The condition is that San Jose will receive either the Islanders seventh round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, or the Tampa Bay Lightning’s seventh round pick in 2015 (previously acquired by the Islanders). If the Islanders win the Stanley Cup and Kennedy plays in at least 50% of the games in the Final, the Islanders will instead trade the later pick of either their third round pick in 2016 or Vancouver’s third round pick (previously acquired) in the 2016 NHL Draft.


SO basically they got an NHL player for a seventh rd pick. IF they win CUP nobody will care. IF they win the Cup nobody will care, and Kennedy plays in half the games in the Final- it will be the best third rd pick traded this off season. And nobody will still care.


It was a really nice trade by Snow. Probably not meaningful- but a nice get anyway.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

im a big fan of this trade. cant wait to see him score tomorrow

Jesse Lucas
Jesse Lucas

I absolutely love the moves that Snow made today. The PK wasn't going to be cured today. However, to get a quality backup, with plenty of experience is great. I'm looking forward to a solid playoff run. We have a quality squad. By keeping Boychuck, who I'm not sure will sign with us, it says to me that Garth is serious about this year.

WestCoastFan
WestCoastFan

Here's the awesome thing:  "If the Islanders win the Stanley Cup and Kennedy plays in at least 50 percent of the games in the Final, the Islanders instead will send the Sharks a third-round pick in the 2016 draft, either their pick or the Vancouver Canucks' pick, whichever is later in the draft"...   Gotta love it when counterparties are now considering the Isles' chances of winning the Cup material enough to use it as a deal point.

caseysdad
caseysdad

To me the do little GM has sent a message that regardless of this seasons success, he is still building for the future, and what happens in this years POs is like the old Doris Day song, Que sera, sera, or what ever will be will be. 

chrisredux
chrisredux

@caseysdad they just proved that they're not serious about winning now plain and simple!!! if you want to win now, you say F-IT  and go for it!!!!! Its still the waiting game here, its bullsheot!!!!

caseysdad
caseysdad

outside of snow getting neuvirth he has done nothing today

islesfan27
islesfan27

@caseysdad hey casey, if you ever watched Pitts play, he is a solid guy, he is a safe pick up in case of injusry, just my opinion, we all knew he would not do much today

caseysdad
caseysdad

@islesfan27 @caseysdad hey 27, yes i remember him playing, but was disappointed that he allowed this team to get to the POs and basically without much grit, and size, we have seen  many games where they are mauled, and pushed off the puck with a relatively easy effort. That is what i have a problem with.

caseysdad
caseysdad

Good job Snow, you just acquired another smurph, at 5/11 and 185lbs he will get pushed around also just like most on this team.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

Nice add for the fourth center spot, or get pushed to the third line wing if guys get dinged up come playoff time. 

Nice player at a very fair price. IF you cant get top 6 forwards at realistic prices, why not get bottom 6 forwards at realistic prices for playoff depth.

Guys always get hurt come playoff time. 

Ajay Gill
Ajay Gill

I don't understand why anyone else doesn't see this. Solid move for a 7th rd pick. Think he had 2 from the deal last year so Lukas sutter and Kennedy for our 7th last yr. good filler for Casey and keeps guys honest better than a guaranteed 3rd rder for bergeinhem Conacher with grit , more proven has done the run with Crosby Aka conacher with stamkos. But can score outside that. He had pp time so oh boy you know they gonna try that. Would've liked to see us get Brewer though. Jus swap for carkner save leafs some $ we had the room cap wise if this was it.

bobb
bobb

Why do we need Tyler Kennedy? Is Casey not coming back this season? We already have a ton of 3rd and 4th line guys which is what Kennedy is.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@bobb Because Phil Kessel wasn't coming for a third rd pick? 

If you don't have the coin to play in the big game, you don't play in the big game. Or if the price to play in the big game is foolish- why be a fool?


Remember when the Isles were moving guys for third rd picks- and everybody wanted "players not picks". 


Well now the Isles are moving third rd picks for "players". Snow is adding and filling around the edges, because he likes what he has in the middle

tonelli27
tonelli27

Just asking where do you guys think tyler kennedy fits in?? Energy type of guy with a good shot, played with sid can skate well. 3rd line??

Adam Guttman
Adam Guttman

Guys. I'm reading and biting my lip but I can't anymore. Caseydad and Chris. Are u kidding or have both of u been boozing it up. Exactly what were u expecting today and what did anyone else do that makes u think they made such an impact trade they are heads above the rest. None. Even rags getting yandle not a big diff maker. And look what they gave up. I for one was not willing to part with ho sang or Dal colle. This team has been amazing all year. Character is perfect. Garth should be commended for not sitting with Johnson. Seeing a big weakness and filling it. That's a great GM. Not one I wish to see gone. Man some of your negativity is downright stupid.

Islesfan74
Islesfan74

@tonelli27 It wouldn't surprise me if at some point he gets a shot on the top line

kallur28
kallur28

Snow could bring conacher from bport and we could see a conacher, tavares, kennedy first line chris....

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@tonelli27 He was worth a third rd pick, and because he is probably better then Mall-Rat today.


Come playoff time, putting Kennedy at the fourth center spot is better then dropping Nelson or Strome down to the fourth center spot. 


These are merely depth moves to cover injuries to bottom six players for the rest of the season, and the playoffs.


When do rosters expand? I ask because its pretty clear the Isles are gonna make the playoffs. It is also pretty clear the Isles have been giving Lubo some extra down time. Im wondering if with 2 weeks left in the season you give a guy like Cizikas a blow.

Cizikas plays hard, and he isn't brittle. But he has been dinged up a lot. Why not give him 2 or three games off- playing kennedy in the middle, so Cizikas is fresh come playoff time.


Coming in first is nice- but if your team is totally gassed- is coming in first worth it? Pre dynasty teams had the same issue. Maybe Snow is adding some more meat to give his fourth line a break. 

chrisredux
chrisredux

this is snowjobs second try on a backup..the man keeps on trucking blunder after blunder..amazing

tonelli27
tonelli27

@chris I'm shocked how bad he was.

chrisredux
chrisredux

@tonelli27 im not shocked with any outcome that involves a  snowjob trade or signing

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

for the record, most people were very happy when we signed chad as a back up so dont blame garth too much for signing him in the first place.  his  numbers were very good last year (although with a great defense in front of him).  


and at least he was able to get rid of him

metzfan22
metzfan22

@chrisredux Where were you when talking about Leddy or Boychuk or how we are in first freaking place with less than 20 games left? 

Don22
Don22

@chrisredux You can't kill Snow for bringing in Johnson as a backup.  His numbers showed he was a quality backup goaltender.  For some reason he couldn't find it.  Don't you remember how everyone wanted him to start in the beginning of the season when Halak wasn't so good?


I'm not sold on Neuvirth either, but I guess we'll see.

isles23
isles23

Nobody saw that coming 27. It was said to be a solid signing by all

chrisredux
chrisredux

@Don22 @chrisredux at the time is was a good move yes. I did give him props for that. but that was then this is now ....i just love bashing snow as you all know.. ...so another uneventfull trading deadline....jeffery, Kennedy and Neuvirth..wow groundbreaking

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@chrisredux Yeah, those major signings haven't worked out. You know the guys- Leddy, Boychuk, Halak, Grabbo, Kuli.


Wait- they guy they spent $600,000 on- that was the deal breaker.


Its old dude. You don't like Snow- got it.

Everybody else got it...


Anything else to add today or any other day??