According to rumors the New York Islanders aren’t only potentially adding Lou Lamoriello to the staff, but former Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi.
Just a single name being linked to a management position for the New York Islanders is enough for fans to get excited. For 12 years we’ve had to sit with Garth Snow at the helm of the franchise, and for 12 years the Isles failed to achieve anything.
So when Hall of Fame builder Lou Lamoriello was linked to the position everyone got excited. Maybe the Islanders could start to practice what they preach and strive for excellence by bringing in Lou? But with 12 years of Garth Snow, it was hard to see the organization doing anything.
According to the freshest New York Islanders rumors not only could the Islanders add Lou Lamoriello, but they could be positioned to add Dean Lombardi as well.
According to Jimmy Murphy, the Isles could make some big moves with management this offseason.
That’s a hot take. It sounds great. Bringing in two big-name NHL executives would be a big step forward for the Islanders. For twelve years they’ve relied on a single man to be the team President, General Manager and Alternate Governor.
Garth Snow’s power has gone unchecked for too long. But with Lamoriello and Lombardi being linked, what does that mean for Snow? According to Murphy, Snow’s power is all but gone.
Assuming Murphy’s rumor is true, it could spell a tandem of Lou Lamoriello as the teams President of Hockey Operations and Dean Lombardi as the team’s General Manager could be fantastic.
If the owners actually ousted Garth Snow and brought in Lou Lamoriello and Dean Lombardi it has to be seen as major step forward for the Islanders. More importantly though, how does that look to John Tavares?
Tavares has said he has faith in Snow, but seeing the addition of a Hall of Fame builder and a GM that has won two Stanley Cups in the last six years has to be mighty appealing. Does he even go to the five-day speaking tour free agents are allowed too if the Islanders shake up the front office? Maybe not.
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This latest rumor is tantalizing, but it’s still nothing more than a rumor. We still haven’t heard if the Islanders have officially asked the Maple Leafs to speak with their employee Lou Lamoriello. Who knows how close to the truth it is. At the very least, all this management chatter surrounding the New York Islanders can only be a good thing.