NY Islanders: Possible Outcomes for GM Lou Lamoriello and Head Coach Lane Lambert
Lamoriello and Lambert both return
Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin choose stability over change and work out a way for Lamoriello to stay on as General Manager under new contract terms. Lamoriello is satisfied with how his first-year head coach performed this season, most notably how the team came together following the Mathew Barzal injury to be one of the league's better teams over the final two months and make the postseason. Although Lamoriello has never shied away from making a brash move when his gut tells him it's the right one, he is not willing to dismiss Lambert a year after deciding he was the best choice for the organization after moving on for Barry Trotz. He concludes that Lambert will be better next season after navigating through an adversity-filled first year.
While Lambert is back, assistant John MacLean is not. The former New Jersey Devils forward has a long-time relationship with Lamoriello, but after the team finished 30th in the league in power play percentage and went 1-for-18 with the man advantage against the Carolina Hurricanes, running it back with the same coaching staff is not an option.