It’s official. It’s done. The New York Islanders have named Lou Lamoriello as the teams President of Hockey Operations. Notably, General Manager was not in his title.
The Hall of Fame builder is here. He has arrived and he’s going to be the man to spearhead the New York Islanders into a brighter future.
The immediate question is, what happens to Garth Snow? You know the guy who’s still the General Manager of the New York Islanders and the guy who’s had “full authority” prior to Lamoriello being hired?
Lou As President
The New York Islanders have been looking for a President of Hockey Operations for a long time. And finally, with Lou Lamoriello, they got their man. It just took the Maple Leafs appointing a 32-year-old. So I guess we owe Brendan Shanahan thanks?
So in comes Lou. Now, what of Garth Snow? Garth was the President, General Manager and Alternate Governor. Lou’s title is simply that of President of Hockey Operations. At least according to the release by the Isles. Does that mean Garth Snow keeps his General Manager title?
Hopefully not. The entire reason the New York Islanders have been looking for a President is because of the terrible job that Garth Snow has done over the years. Replacing him is objective number one.
Ownership Making Moves
We all doubted ownership going into this offseason. The odd end of year press conference and weeks with no activity just heightened an already toxic situation with the fans. Two seasons of no playoff hockey and John Tavares teetering on the edge of leaving was untenable for fans.
For weeks we got no indication that the Isles were actually going to do something. Garth Snow, the root cause of all the Islanders problems remained in his position. We doubted they’d do anything.
And then we get the appointment of Lou Lamoriello as the President of Hockey Operations. Good job Scott Malkin and John Ledecky.
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Now we have to see what Lou and his full authority do to the organization that missed the playoffs by 17 points last season. The era of Lou has begun, hopefully, that simultaneously ends the era of Garth.