Lou Lamoriello's job performance with the NY Islanders is highly contentious

Lamoriello will begin his seventh season as Isles general manager in 2024-25.
2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
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The NY Islanders enter their 2023-24 offseason without many question marks as they plan for the future. During the exit interviews earlier this month, Lou Lamoriello assured the fanbase he'll return for the 2024-25 season. He also has a vote of confidence for Patrick Roy, who helped orchestrate the Isles' late-season turnaround. On top of that, most of the coaching staff and roster are under contract through next season with little leeway in terms of cap space. In summary, fans will see the same group back at the beginning of training camp.

*Read our previously Published player report cards: Sebastian Aho | Mat Barzal | Samuel Bolduc | Casey Cizikas | Cal Clutterbuck | Noah Dobson | Pierre Engvall | Hudson Fasching | Simon Holmstrom | Bo Horvat | Anders Lee | Kyle MacLean | Matt Martin | Scott Mayfield | Brock Nelson | JG Pageau | Kyle Palmieri | Adam Pelech | Ryan Pulock | Mike Reilly | Alexander Romanov | Ilya Sorokin | Semyon Varlamov | Patrick Roy

2023-24 NY Islanders Report Card: Lou Lamoriello

The most controversial retention heading into the summer is general manager Lamoriello. Without saying much to the media, Lamoriello is, without question, the most polarizing figure in the fanbase. Some faithful believe in Lou because of his history of winning Stanley Cup championships with the New Jersey Devils. Others want a change of direction given the lack of youth presently on their roster. Very few fans remain mixed in their opinion of Lamoreillo. Sounds like the 2024 presidential election, huh?

1. Offseason decisions

If we were to strictly grade Lamoriello on his job performance in 2023-24, it would be such a mixed bag. First came his offseason decisions, which included extending seven-year contracts to Pierre Engvall and Scott Mayfield. Suffice it to say, that the early returns on these investments have not helped the team win games. 

On the other hand, Lamoriello also re-signed Semyon Varlamov to a four-year contract and extended Ilya Sorokin for eight years with a reasonable cap hit worth $8.25 million. Sorokin did have a down season, but given his track record at age 28, there is every reason to expect the former Vezina Trophy finalist to turn things around in 2025. As for Varlamov, had he not been on the roster this season, the Isles would not have made the playoffs. As for Lamoriello's offseason, this is a D-level performance.