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Islanders Officially Hire Lou Lamoriello As President Of Hockey Operations

Futures Of Garth Snow, Doug Weight Unclear

May 22, 2018 - 2:28 pm
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By WFAN.com

Lou Lamoriello, the architect of three Stanley Cup-winning teams with the New Jersey Devils, will try to work his magic on the New York Islanders.

The Isles announced Tuesday they have hired Lamoriello as president of hockey operations. 

"We are committed to giving Lou every resource and the full support of the entire organization as we pursue our program to compete at the highest level," Islanders co-owner Scott Malkin said in a news release. 

In a conference call with reporters, Lamoriello, 75, said he was swayed to accept the job after meeting with Malkin, saying he was impressed with the owner's "vision and his commitment and his support to the Islanders."

"I also look at it as a challenge to bring the Islanders back to where they were," Lamoriello said.

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Lamoriello ran the Devils from 1987 to 2015. The Hall of Famer led New Jersey to the playoffs 21 times, to division titles nine times and to the Stanley Cup Final five teams. The Devils won it all in 1995, 2000 and 2003. Lamoriello also served as the Devils' head coach for 50 games in 2005-06 and the final three regular-season games the following year.

Lamoriello spent the past three seasons as the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager, but was relieved of his duties in April. The Leafs reached the postseason in two of Lamoriello's three seasons.

The futures of current Islanders general manager Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight remain unclear. When asked about their statuses, Lamoriello suggested they'd be interviewing to keep their jobs.

"Right now, I have no preconceived notions," he said. "I have certainly spoken to the people there. As I've done in the past in a situation like this, I take a step back and see exactly what the people who we have in place have to offer, what their thoughts are, what their vision is and then make decisions as I go along."

Since Snow took over as GM before the 2006-07 season, the Isles have won just one playoff series and have failed to qualify for the postseason eight times in 11 years.

In 1 1/2 seasons with Weight behind the bench, the Islanders have gone 59-49-14. Last season, they finished in seventh place in the eight-team Metropolitan Division. 

Tasked with reviving the Islanders, Lamoriello's  first order of business will surely be to try to retain captain John Tavares. The star center is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. 

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According to multiple reports, Lamoriello had already met with Tavares before his hiring was even announced. The new Islanders president, however, would neither deny nor confirm those reports Tuesday.

But Lamoriello did have high praise for Tavares.

"Everyone in the National Hockey League knows about John Tavares," he said. "He's one of the elite players, a gentleman both on and off the ice and is just a quality individual as well as a quality player. I don't know any better way of describing him."