Five years ago, Lou Lamoriello made his first decisive moves as President of Hockey Operations for the New York Islanders when he named himself General Manager and fired long-time GM Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight. That move didn't come as a surprise, but how quickly Lamoriello was able to turn around the Islanders organization on and off the ice was unexpected.
"There's a culture change that's needed, and there's new voices needed in different areas, and because of that, the changes (were) made," Lamoriello said after naming himself GM. "There's been a lot of changes for different reasons, and right now is just trying to stabilize anything, start off with a fresh face, start off with a fresh mind, a fresh coach, and just go forward."
The culture change came and has remained with the organization since his arrival. Fans haven't agreed with every move made, but there's no doubting the lasting impact he's had on the franchise's trajectory and stability moving forward.
Not every move has been applauded, and the jury is still out on others. However, there has been more good than bad for Lamoriello in his five years as General Manager. Moves that include extending Brock Nelson to a six-year contract, trading for Kyle Palmieri after Anders Lee was lost for the 2021 season, and acquiring Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks have all made an impact, but none made our list of his best since joining the organization in 2018. With that, Here are the best five moves in the 5 years Lou Lamoriello has been Islanders' GM.