Of course, this doesn’t mean he won’t Or hasn’t yet. As we all know Lou Lamoriello loves to take his time. For all we know, Andy Greene has already been signed to a single-year deal.
At the time of writing, it’s 3:45 PM but still trades are being announced. Just like the trade deadline, deals can be announced after the 3 PM roster freeze deadline. Sometimes it takes the NHL a bit of time to get through all of the paperwork.
As can signings.
If we learned anything from the last offseason it’s that Lou might just have the deal already signed but he’s just waiting till the eleventh hour to file the paperwork. Remember, Matt Martin, Andy Greene, and Cory Schneider had already signed with the Islanders deals last year but they weren’t announced until much later.
Lou Lamoriello won’t be caught by surprise here. He’s not going to lose an important piece of his blueline for nothing.
But we have to wait and see what Lou actually does. We won’t know until July 21 exactly how the Isles GM will navigate the expansion draft. I have all the faith in the world that he will avoid losing an important part of the blueline without having to make a costly trade that will have a massive impact on the Isles already weak system.