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MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26: John Tavares poses for a portrait after being picked number one overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islander at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26: John Tavares poses for a portrait after being picked number one overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islander at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Lou Lamoriello’s job with the New York Islanders is so much more than just re-signing John Tavares, but that’s obviously priority number one.

Lou Lamoriello was brought in to fix the New York Islanders. It certainly starts with attempting to re-sign John Tavares but it’s actually so much more than that, as the Isles are expected to have their busiest offseason in years.

Chris Botta wrote yesterday, how extending Tavares is important but it’s so much more than that. This quote he used really jumped off the page:

"Lamoriello was hired to fix the Islanders. He’ll control what he can control."

Plan A is getting John Tavares to sign for eight more years that’s a given, but what is plan b? Well, this is where Lamoriello comes in. In all seriousness don’t you feel more confident as an Islanders fan that Lamoriello has a plan b, at least a better idea for what to do than Garth Snow would?

That’s the beauty of this hiring. He gives the Islanders, and Islanders fans, confidence in his damage control. Of course, the goal is to sign JT, but if he walks you can’t sit here and cry about it, you have to try to improve the team in other areas.

If Garth was blaming injuries for this past year, can you imagine the excuses flowing with Tavares leaving? At least with Lou, it’s a no excuse mentality. At 75 years old I don’t think he wants a full rebuild, he thinks the Islanders have good pieces, he’ll add to it and put them over the top…hopefully.

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