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Islanders: 5 reasons Lou Lamoriello is already GM of the Year

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders
EAST MEADOW, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 23: General manager Lou Lamoriello the New York Islanders watches practice at the Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park on September 23, 2021 in East Meadow, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello has already won the NHL’s GM of the Year award in back-to-back years, this year he should win his third one.

The NHL’s Jim Gregory Award (GM of the Year) has been around for twelve years now. Only one GM has won the award in back-to-back years, and that’s New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello (2020 and 2021).

The award isn’t voted on or handed out until the conference finals (which is ridiculous) so it’s very early, but based on how the Isles GM has already navigated the offseason, there’s a very strong case to be made that he should win the award again.

The 2021 offseason has been a wildly important one for the Islanders. They were up against the salary cap ceiling (again) and they’re still very much in their championship window. A misstep could spell disaster as the Islanders look to win a Stanley Cup that’s eluded them for at least the last two years.

But Lou, being the legend he is, navigated this offseason flawlessly.

Here are five reasons he’s already earned a GM of the Year hat-trick.

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