NY Islanders: Possible Outcomes for GM Lou Lamoriello and Head Coach Lane Lambert
Lamoriello and Lambert are both relieved of their duties
This would signal a major course correction for the franchise.
After making the postseason four out of the last five seasons, ownership decided that the 2023-24 season is when a more aggressive retool needs to start with fresh eyes on a roster largely consisting of Garth Snow draft picks and Lou Lamoriello acquisitions that he extended to long-term contracts. Ledecky and Malkin have assessed the landscape of the NHL and acknowledge the speed by which the game is being played by the top teams in the league. They have determined that the current roster is good enough to make the playoffs but is not a serious contender for a Stanley Cup.
Former Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving is rumored as a leading candidate to replace Lamoriello with proven head coaches, including Peter Laviolette, who won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and led the Nashville Predators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017. The possibility of a homecoming of sorts for Laviolette is popular with fans, as his first NHL coaching job was with the Islanders when he was hired by Mike Milbury ahead of the 2001-02 season and led the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1994.