The Islanders hire Lou Lamoriello

The former Leafs and Devils general manager will be President of Hockey Operations

Paul Hamilton
May 22, 2018 - 1:56 pm

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(WGR 550) - Lou Lamoriello was only supposed to be the Leafs general manager for three seasons. Toronto held him to that as it didn’t want to lose Kyle Dubas, who took over as GM.

Lamoriello was supposed to be a senior consultant in Toronto for the next four seasons, but he didn’t want to stay and has been hired as President of Hockey Operations with the New York Islanders.

Lamoriello is quite familiar with the New York market as he was the general manager in New Jersey from 1987 until 2015.

Lamoriello will be in charge of the whole hockey operation with the Islanders, so it’s not known what’s going to happen with GM Garth Snow. Snow’s Islanders have missed the playoffs in eight of the past 11 seasons.

The biggest immediate problem facing Lamoriello is trying to convince John Tavares not to go to unrestricted free agency.

Lamoriello will rejoin his son, Chris, with the Islanders. They had previously worked together in New Jersey. Chris is the Islanders' assistant GM.

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