A year ago Lou Lamoriello was appointed as the New York Islanders President of Hockey Operations. His goal was to reshape this once proud franchise. It didn’t take him long to make progress.
On May 22nd, 2018, the New York Islanders announced that they’d finally found a man to be their President of Hockey Operations. Former Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was given the title previously held by Garth Snow.
His job was singular in focus: return some credibility to this franchise. Doing so wasn’t going to be easy. The first few months of his tenure faced some high-highs and low-lows.
On June 5th he fired both head coach Doug Weight and GM Garth Snow, then installed himself as GM. Snow’s 12 year clutch on the Isles seat of power was finally over. But less than a month later John Tavares woke up with his Maple Leafs PJs and signed a seven-year deal with his hometown team.
It wasn’t a great start to his regime, his biggest start walked out in his plan for the future. But with the full backing of the Islanders ownership, Lou went about rebuilding the franchise.
"“We are committed to giving Lou every resource and the full support of the entire organization as we pursue our program to compete at the highest level.” – Isles co-Owner Scott Malkin"
With the full support of ownership, Lou Lamoriello set about reshaping this franchise. Here are three things Lou Lamoriello said he was going to do before the 2018-19 season and did.