Former Enforcer John Scott Critical of Lou Lamoriello and the NY Islanders' Lack of Deadline Trades

2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game - Western Conference Semifinal
2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game - Western Conference Semifinal / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

Trade deadline day has come and gone, and the NY Islanders have stood pat, electing to go into the playoff race with their roster currently in place.

Lou Lamoriello's decision not to improve his roster has been criticized by some, with former NHL enforcer John Scott having harsh words for the hall-of-fame general manager on his Dropping the Gloves podcast.

"You have one of the oldest teams in the league," Scott said. "Currently you're sitting outside of the playoffs, and your lineup is ridden with terrible contracts that nobody wants. So yeah, great job Lou, you're killing it. Still riding the coattails of those Stanley Cup wins with the Devils. Good job. Great job. Did absolutely nothing, that's always good."

Scott says this is "par for the course" for Lamoriello, bashing the Isles prospect pool and current position in the standings.

This isn't Lmaoriello's first rodeo, as he's shown a willingness to improve his team if a move becomes available at a price he deems acceptable. The Islanders were never in be on the big fish out there like Jake Guentzel or Noah Hanifin, so why overpay just for the sake of making a move?

While this is the fourth deadline day in a row that Lamoriello has stood pat, it's not as if he hasn't been active in improving his roster during his time with the Isles. His last deadline-day move was the acquisition of JG Pageau from the Ottawa Senators in 2020 - but during the shortened 2021 season, Lamoriello brought in Kyle Palmieri 11 days before the deadline and last year traded for Bo Horvat on Jan. 30 - over a month before deadline day.

Scott played 286 games over ten NHL seasons with seven teams, scoring five goals, but known best for throwing fisticuffs. During the 2015-16 season, Scott was named an All-Star, voted in by the fans as a joke shortly after his demotion to the AHL. The NHL asked Scott to pass on the festivities which he denied, going on to be named All-Star MVP.