New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello spoke on Sirius XM NHL Network Radio to essentially tell fans. Everything will be fine.
After the loss of John Tavares in free agency, there’s no surprise that the New York Islanders are having to change their plans for 2018-19. But no one thought bringing in what seems to be like an influx of fourth liners was going to be the answer.
The fanbase after having to deal with the loss of Tavares is confused. What is going on with the New York Islanders, and what’s the plan exactly?
Fans still have faith that Lou can turn this team into at the very least a competent franchise. But we want to know what exactly we should be expecting from our team.
What We Have
"What were doing right now is trying to get knowledge of who we are and learning more about each and every one of the players that we have, and Barry and I and our staff will get prepared for next year."
When you think about it, that’s probably the last thing that New York Islanders fans wanted to hear. Management doesn’t necessarily know whats in the roster and is going to need some time to figure it out.
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After two years of missing the playoffs, you’d think we’d want success. And as quickly as possible. But that’s not the case. Hearing from Lou was oddly refreshing.
For years Garth Snow assuring us that the New York Islanders could be on the verge of something. Maybe even a Stanley Cup. As recently as this offseason Garth told us just the Isles could compete for the cup.
The honesty of Lou’s statement was refreshing for us. At least it was for me. We gained an insight into the thinking of the direction for this franchise.
It’s not to say that Lamoriello has no idea what the franchise has or what he might need to do. And he certainly has a plan. The importance here is for once we’re getting honest information.
We never got that from Garth Snow. He always thought he was the smartest man in the room. He spoke as if he couldn’t make a mistake. We know that wasn’t the case, he made plenty of mistakes.
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After the offseason started with a fourth line parade, fans started to get frustrated. Lou needed to get to their ears to calm them down. In 14 minutes, he did just that. It’s exactly what the New Islanders have been waiting for, a calm steady, reassuring hand to guide this mess of a franchise.