We’ve had an offseason of Lou Lamoriello and it wasn’t pretty, so with the season starting New York Islanders fans want to see less Lou and more Trotz.
Lou Lamoriello came in with a lot of hype, deservedly so, but the results just haven’t been pretty yet. The New York Islanders‘ fans have given Lou the benefit of the doubt given his resumé, but it doesn’t mean we’re not over his antics.
To start, he failed to re-sign one of the franchise’s best players. In fairness, it may have been a fool’s errand anyway, but nonetheless, he didn’t get it done.
As many will point out with a chuckle, he signed a slew of underwhelming forwards, a defenseman who doesn’t fill a need and traded for a more expensive yet extremely likable version of Ross Johnston (not to mention he also signed the same Ross Johnston long-term).
Then came the Lou-imposed sideshow of arbitrary number changes and hair trimming in a failed effort to become New York’s hockey equivalent of the Yankees.
Up the Trotz
To say it has been a confusing and frustrating start to Lou’s administration is an understatement, so let’s hope that with the season finally kicking off that we can now turn the reins to the Stanley Cup-winning Head Coach of the Isles, Barry Trotz.
Trotz was Lou’s best addition, though I can admit the bar was set very low. He has a proven track record and has quickly earned the respect of the locker room. So far in the preseason, you can see the defensive energy is better with a weaker roster than Doug Weight had last year.
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This is it. The season starts. The puck drops. We’ve been waiting desperately for this moment since the day that dreaded picture was tweeted, so please, Lou, step back and let Barry and the boys take over from here.