The New York Islanders aren't playing games that matter again until October, but the waiting game is in full effect during the early days of the off-season as we have yet to hear from President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Lou Lamoriello and Head Coach Lane Lambert.
Following the end of the team's season that concluded last Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 at UBS Arena, the players made themselves available on 'clean out' day, but toward the end of the afternoon, beat reporters were informed that neither Lamoriello nor Lambert would be speaking. When will they be speaking? We do not know. It'll be a later date, they say.
Not knowing is something we've become accustomed to during Lamoriello's closed-up tenure, which leaves fans' heads spinning with possibilities that are wrong more times than not. We don't know whether their lack of media availability meant something or nothing at all. Last year it did when neither Lamoriello nor Barry Trotz spoke after breakout day. When Lamoriello did finally speak, it was to announce that he had shockingly relieved Trotz of his duties and that it was his assessment that the team needed a "new voice" as they aimed to return to the postseason.
So with that as the backdrop, we are left to speculate as to what is happening behind closed doors and what could be announced in the coming days.
Will Lamoriello still be the GM? If so, what does that mean for Lambert? How does ownership assess the season? These are all questions we hope to have answers to sooner rather than later. Islanders fans want closure to this season, and that can't happen until it's known who will be leading the decision-making process for the Islanders moving forward.
So as we wait, and wait some more, here are four potential outcomes for Lamoriello and Lambert.