Report: Lou Lamoriello To Join Islanders

First Order Of Business: Retain Tavares

May 21, 2018 - 6:35 pm


According to a report first made by The Athletic, former general manager of the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs Lou Lamoriello will officially take over Islanders’ hockey operations in “a matter of days.”

Current GM Garth Snow has guided the organization since 2006, yielding just four playoff appearances, which has led to recent widespread frustration levels. Fans illustrated their displeasure with Snow last season especially with chants of “Snow must go!”

Lamoriello, 75, will apparently have the last word on all Islanders' operations decisions, although his specific role remains unclear.

Tasked with reviving the organization, his first order of business will surely be to retain captain John Tavares. The star center is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but reports from Hockey 30 surfaced last week that Lamoriello met with Tavares in Ontario, Canada. 

Lamoriello brought three Stanley Cup Championships to the Devils.