The New York Islanders have had anything but a quiet offseason to date. After a dreadful 2018 season, they decided to hire Lou Lamoriello. Lamoriello, in turn, decided to relieve Doug Weight and Garth Snow of their respective duties.
This week is the first week without meaningful hockey since late September. Fans just enjoyed a great playoff season, being capped off by the Washington Capitals defeating the Las Vegas Golden Knights for their first ever Stanley Cup crown.
2018 will be remembered by hockey fans, and sports fans in general, as the year an expansion team went on an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final. Islander fans, however, will have a different feeling about 2018.
We watched a star emerge in Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey prove last season was not a fluke, and Anders Lee reach the 40-goal plateau. John Tavares finished with 84 points and yet it felt like the Isles were out of the playoff hunt in February.
Luckily the fans were not the only ones upset with how the season turned out, and Lamoriello was brought in to oversee the franchise operations. The NHL draft is not until June 22, so as fans what should we do until then?
Staying Up to Date
Since Lamoriello relieved Weight of his coaching duties, the Islanders need a new coach. Ideally, they will have one in place before the draft. Lamoriello brings a welcomed change in a winning pedigree to the Isles. For now, it’s “In Lou We Trust.”
There is also free agency to prepare for. Captain John Tavares is the most important pending free agent in recent Isles memory. Though Tavares was close with both Weight and Snow, you’d have to think he likes the move of bringing in Lamoriello. It’s hard to imagine anybody knows where he’s leaning, but you can read some of our thoughts here.
If you need to get in your hockey fix I’d highly recommend playing some NHL 18 on the video game system of your choice. At least playing the game you’ll have some control over what is going on. In the meantime make sure to visit us at Eyes on Isles to stay on top of all things Isles!