The New York Islanders are said to be hiring Lou Lamoriello as either General Manager, President of Hockey Operations. Or Both. Rejoice.
It’s exactly what New York Islanders fans wanted to hear. That the organization has hired a potential replacement for Garth Snow. It’s taken twelve years, but we finally seem to be here.
The Islanders, according to the Athletics Arthur Staple, are said to be hiring Hall of Fame builder and former New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello. And they could be bringing him in to directly replace Garth Snow.
Rejoice. It’s happening. Garth Snow will be removed from his post. Potentially.
We Still Haven’t Received Confirmation
Here’s what Staple said on the Lamoriello hiring:
"The former Devils and Leafs general manager has been rumored to be coming in, either as president of hockey operations, GM or both to replace Garth Snow, and now it’s a matter of when and not if. […] Where this leaves Snow, the Isles GM for the previous 12 seasons, is unclear."
So Lou Lamoriello is coming. And more importantly he “will be fully in charge”. Which has to mean that Garth Snow is out. It has to doesn’t it?
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For 12 years Garth Snow has been in charge. For 12 years he’s been the one calling the shots for the New York Islanders as the General Manager, President, and Alternate Governor. And what does he have to show for it? John Tavares.
That’s Garth Snow’s one biggest achievement as a General Manager. It was selecting the first player to ever be granted exceptional status by the CHL. A player that put up 433 points in 247 games.
Can it even be called an achievement? Even a broken clock is right twice a day. And John Tavares, his one crowning achievement, is on his way out the door. On July 1st, John Tavares becomes a free agent.
The talks seemed to still be open between both the New York Islanders and their start captain. But from what we understand the organization allowed Tavares to take all the time he wanted. But now that Tavares is dangerously close to free agency the organization needs to step up their game.
And Lou Lamoriello is that step up. We know that Lamoriello has already met with Tavares, and he hasn’t been officially appointed yet. That’s how serious the organization is for Tavares to break the hearts of 30 other teams in the NHL. If it works remains to be seen.
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What we know is that the appointment of Lou Lamoriello is only a good thing for the New York Islanders. They go from having a backup goalie leading their organization to a man who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. Here’s hoping that means Garth isn’t around in any capacity.