"In Lou we trust."
That was the message from New York Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky on Thursday when asked to give a message to anxious fans waiting for their team to make a move to improve their roster.
Former LI News 12 reporter Jamie Stuart, now working for Newsday, caught up with Ledecky at an Islanders Children's Foundation event where he surprised Floral Park native and Marine Corps veteran Dennis Burgos with a new Ford Truck.
"People really quickly forget that Lou Lamoriello won the GM of the year twice in a row and has won Stanley Cups , said Ledecky. "If I get bet on one person to bring a another Stanley Cup to Long Island it's Lou Lamoriello."
Following a disappointing inaugural season at UBS Arena, Islanders fans were disheartened when the league's top free-agent Johnny Gaudreau chose the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Islanders and New Jersey Devils as free agency opened on Wednesday. As teams in the Metropolitan Division continue to add and improve their roster, the Islanders are the only NHL franchise not to make a signing this far.
"He has a plan. He has a strategy, added Ledecky. "He keeps his cards very close to his vest which is really important when you are trying to build a Stanley Cup winner."
After dismissing Barry Trotz, Lamoriello clearly has the backing of Islanders ownership who has been true to their word and allowed the hall-of-fame hockey executive to run the organization and construct the roster as he sees fit.
If Lamoriello's plan and strategy have Ledecky remaining confident in the team's trajectory, the fans would sure like to see it start to unfold - the sooner, the better.