With training camp, just a little over two weeks away for the New York Islanders Lamoriello has to announce who he signed this summer. Players cannot report to training camp unless they have a signed contract.
Still No Announcements
The blue and orange faithful are still waiting on Lou to announce the Isle’s summer signings. To say the fanbase has shown patience is an understatement.
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The only reasonable explanation for the delay is Lamoriello does not want other teams to know his cap space situation. The only reason for that would be Lou is still trying to work out a trade. If that’s for a defenseman or a top-scoring forward is anyone’s guess.
With the trade of Nick Leddy to Detroit, the Isles need a replacement for his slot. Unless, of course, the Isles are going to go with an internal choice such as Thomas Hickey, Sebastian Aho, Robin Salo, or Samuel Bolduc.
If Lou is looking to land a top scoring forward then someone from the top three lines would be heading the other away. Time will tell if the announcements holdup is because Lou is trying to get a significant trade done.
With training camp, a little over two weeks away the Islanders and Lou will have to announce their summer deals very soon. The Isles can’t have players show up to training camp without a signed deal registered with the NHL league office.
So anytime between now and mid-September, the Islanders signings will be announced and they will be a whole gang of them. That day the Isles will dominate the NHL news cycle.
If one was a betting man, they should look for these signings to be announced about a week before training camp (Sept 8 – 10th)
It will be just a little bit longer Islander fans so just a little more patience is required.