New York Islanders General Manager, Lou Lamoriello wasn’t nominated for GM of the Year after the Isles impressive season. That’s a mistake.
Arguably the biggest surprise of the NHL season this year was the New York Islanders. After John Tavares decided to leave in free agency, the team had zero expectations for this season. Lou Lamoriello didn’t panic.
He brought in Robin Lehner, Val Filppula, and Leo Komarov. He also traded for Matt Martin to reunite the fourth line of old. It worked wonders.
The Islanders finished second in the division and made the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Yet, somehow Lou Lamoriello isn’t even in the conversation for General Manager of the year.
The three nominees are Doug Armstrong, Don Sweeney, and Don Waddell. Armstrong makes sense as the Blues were way out of it, in dead last in the NHL in January and then went on to end up in the Western Conference Final. That’s impressive.
Heck, even Don Waddell makes sense. The Hurricanes haven’t made the playoffs in a decade, he deserves recognition for getting his team into the tournament and to the Eastern Conference Final.
The one that doesn’t make a lot of sense is Don Sweeney. The Bruins went from 112 points last year to 107 this year. The team finished in second place for the second year in a row. Yes, they’ve been a great over the last 10 years or so but did he do anything to merit the recognition? Not really.
Sweeney is a fine General Manager but the Bruins pretty much did everything expected of them. Lou Lamoriello had a team overachieve by at least 20 points. Now, that’s impressive.
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