Give the Islanders Respectability
This has already been achieved in part. Simply by joining the New York Islanders organization Lou Lamoriello has already given some respectability to the Islanders.
There’s still work to be done. Though.
The owners have been talking about a strive for excellence ever since they arrived. But until the Lou Lamoriello hiring, we had no reason to believe that they actually believed that. Or if it was just some buzzword to appease the fans.
Sure, they’ve rebuilt the practice facility and yes, they’ve secured Belmont. But the New York Islanders still aren’t a premier destination for players. They aren’t even a destination. Pool any number of players and ask them where they don’t want to go and the Islanders end up on that list. A lot.
Before leaving ESPN Craig Custance did just that and the Islanders routinely ranked at the top of the no-trade list submitted by players.
It’s not to say that the Islanders need free agents to put a better team on the ice. But free agency is one option that is routinely closed to the Islanders. Opening that up by making the team a destination for players opens every possible angle.
The New York Islanders new President of Hockey Operations has a ton of work ahead of him. And he doesn’t have long to achieve it all. The Hall of Famer has his work cut out for him thanks to Garth Snow. Hopefully, it isn’t too late and Lou can fix this broken franchise and set it on a course toward success.