NY Islanders GM Lamoriello has done a little bit of everything at the trade deadline

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The NHL Trade Deadline is Friday, and New York Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello has made it clear that if they do anything by tomorrow afternoon, it will be an addition, not a subtraction, to a roster that is playing its best hockey of the season and now four points out of a playoff spot.

In his previous five seasons as GM on Long Island, the Islanders have been in a variety of positions at this point in the NHL calendar, and Lamoriello has shown us a little bit of everything during his tenure. He's done nothing when we expected a move and made a splash when we didn't see it coming. He's even announced new contracts.

Here is a look back at how Lamoriello has done business at the deadline with the Islanders.

2018-19: "Stood Pat"

Lamoriello's first trade deadline as Islanders' GM was motionless despite a lot of wheeling and dealing around the league. The Islanders, in their first season with Barry Trotz, and first without John Tavares were the surprise of the league, battling Trotz's old team, the Washington Capitals for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

Unlike most seasons since the Islanders had cap space and their upcoming first-round pick. Players on the market included Matt Duchene (who they may have made an offer for), Mark Stone, and Artemi Panarin, who didn't go anywhere until the summer.

Barry Trotz
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“We weren’t going to sacrifice our plan here,” Lamoriello said. “You don’t do something just for the sake of doing it. We’re pleased with where we are … We’re in a foundation situation in trying to get ourselves in a winning situation over a number of years.”

Forward Andrew Ladd and defenseman Thomas Hickey were due to return to the lineup after injuries at around the same time, which likely also played a factor in Lamoriello's unwillingness to overpay for a player that would've shaken things up considerably up and down the group.

The Islanders finished with 103 points, one behind the Caps, but did secure home ice in the first round in the playoffs for the first time in over 30 years.