Ex-Devils GM Lou Lamoriello hired by Islanders

Lester Mason
May 22, 2018

A new arena on Long Island is coming.

According to the Athletic, Lou Lamoriello will be hired to run the Islanders' hockey operations.

Snow and coach Doug Weight just returned to NY after spending a week at the hockey world championships in Denmark. The speculation was immediate that Lamoriello could be a candidate to join the Islanders. The French website Hockey30 didn't cite sources, but reported that Lamoriello had been making calls on behalf of the Islanders.

Lamoriello indicated in a conference call last month after Brendan Shanahan announced that he would not be returning as Leafs GM that he meant to stay with Toronto in that capacity, but even before the decision, it was rumored that the veteran GM would be open to continuing his career in management elsewhere, as had occurred when New Jersey brought in Ray Shero to take over as GM and made him Team President three years ago. Despite not officially being employed by the Islanders yet, multiple sources have reported that Lamoriello has already met with Tavares while representing the club. Re-signing Tavares was the top offseason priority for the Islanders, and he remains without a contract. With two picks in each of the first two rounds and a handful of needs on the current roster, the draft is a crucial time for the Islanders if they want to revamp and stay competitive in the Metropolitan Division. His job came under serious fire after this season when he remained quiet at the NHL trade deadline in late February despite the team being just two points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference while possessing the worst defense in the league.

In fact, since the Islanders won their fourth straight Stanley Cup in 1983, they have won only eight playoff series. They reached the second round of the post-season in 2016 with their only series win since 1993. No longer are the Islanders just sitting on their hands and hoping. The next two seasons are going to be split between Brooklyn's Barclays Center - which has been an unmitigated disaster since they moved in for the 2015-16 season - and the newly renovated Coliseum, which is woefully small for National Hockey League games.

But how they're going to get there is now known, and it's in the hands of a Hall of Famer.

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