A year ago yesterday, the New York Islanders fired both Garth Snow and Doug Weight. It was the best decision that Lou Lamoriello could make.
June 5, 2018, is a day that New York Islanders fans won’t soon forget. It was the day that Lou Lamoriello fired both Garth Snow and Doug Weight sparking a new era of Islanders hockey that was badly needed.
For 12 years, Garth Snow was the guy in charge of building the Islanders. There were some good moves along the way, like the Ryan Strom and Griffin Reinhardt trade, but they were outweighed by years of mediocre finishes.
They made the playoffs four times over that span and made it out of the first round of the playoffs just once. It was time for a new voice and Lou Lamoriello pulled the trigger on it.
Since Lamoriello made that call 366 days ago, the outlook on the Islanders has done a 180. They were a team that couldn’t get out of their own way to now a team who overachieved in year one of Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello.
The foundation is there and for once the Islanders have a competent GM and a competent head coach with a future that fans can genuinely get excited over. This year, heading into the draft and free agency the Islanders have expectations.
In recent years July 1 doesn’t bring a lot of happiness. That can change this year when we see the beginnings of Lou Lamoriello’s plan coming to fruition.
Yes bringing in Barry Trotz, and some of Lou’s signings were important but it started with relieving the Islanders from the anchor that has been holding them down for a decade plus. And that is why letting go of Garth Snow, was Lou Lamoriello’s best move.
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