NY Islanders Lou Lamoriello to speak in "near-ish future," Alexander Romanov has minor surgery
The NY Islanders conducted their exit interviews a couple of weeks ago to this point and at the end of their season, we heard from everyone except general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Lane Lambert. The rumor mill was churning regarding Lamoriello's future even before the period of absence that his time as the Islanders GM might be over as his contract was up, however, Andrew Gross of Newsday reported that the Islanders were gearing up to extend the Hall-of-Fame GM. Now, the Athletic's Kevin Kurz has given an indication that Lamoriello may break his silence sooner rather than later.
It's not unlike Lamoriello to keep things close to the vest, so the extended period of silence comes as a surprise to no one. According to Kurz, Lamoriello was conducting his exit interviews and taking care of end of season business. In all honesty, this is business as usual for Lamoriello.
Alexander Romanov Update
At the very end of the 2022-23 regular season, Alexander Romanov sustained an injury heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Romanov had a really strong end to the season and it was a big loss for an Islanders group tasked with the tall order of handling the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round. Romanov only went on to miss two games, but the Islanders couldn't overcome the obstacle that was Carolina and their summer began early.
According to Kurz on Monday, Romanov underwent a successful minor surgical procedure on his shoulder and will be ready to go for training camp in September. According to Stefen Rosner of The Hockey News, Romanov disclosed that surgery was a possibility at exit interviews and there was some concern that could impact his availability for the upcoming season, however, that does not appear to be the case.