New York Islanders: Lou Lamoriello Takes Ownership Of Trade Deadline
The New York Islanders didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline this year. General Manager Lou Lamoriello takes full responsibility for that.
It’s still weird to have a General Manager who takes ownership of things. New York Islanders GM, Lou Lamoriello took full responsibility for the team being dormant at the trade deadline this past February.
At the time, the Islanders were hanging on to the division lead by a thread. The team was playing good defense, and their goalie play was great they just struggled scoring and their power play was horrendous.
With 2018-2019 looking like a rare opportunity, I like many Islander fans, wanted the Isles to go all-in and land a big-time name like Mark Stone or Artemi Panarin. Lou didn’t want to mortgage the future, so he stayed put.
At the end of the day, it cost them in the 2018-2019 season. Their lack of offense kept them out of the Eastern Conference Final, and Lou would likely admit that.
Is this a better play for the long-term? Possibly, there’s no way to tell just yet. It’s a really big offseason and I think Lamoriello understands that. For once, it feels like the Islanders are in good hands, and hopefully, this is only the beginning of things to come.
With major contracts expiring Lamoriello has a ton of work to do in terms of his own team, and then it’s evaluating the free agency pool and trade market to take this team to the next level.
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