By Jack Fenty
New York Islanders fans are demanding a change of the guard at the general manager position after the Islanders failed to make the playoffs once again this season. Under current GM, Garth Snow, the Isles have whiffed on making the playoffs eight out of the last eleven seasons. During exit meetings at the end of season, Jon Ledecky, co-owner of the team, said ownership will be evaluating what they want to do regarding both the general manager and coaching staff. Well, it is May 12th, and there have been no changes.
After the Toronto Maple Leafs were knocked out of the playoffs by the Boston Bruins, the general manager of the Leafs said he will not return to that position next season. That man is hockey legend, Lou Lamoriello. Now 75 years old, Lou has had many roles in hockey, such as head coach, general manager, and president of hockey operations. Lou joined the New Jersey Devils in 1987 and was there until 2015; the Devils in that span won three Stanley cups and missed the playoffs only six of those 28 years. Lou then moved onto being the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2015-2018, drafting star players such as Matthews, Marner, and Nylander. Lou is now technically a “special advisor” in the Leafs front office, and Kyle Dubas has become GM.
After April 30th, the day Lou said he would step down, there have been numerous rumors linking Lou to the New York Islanders. John Shannon of Sportsnet confirmed these rumors, tweeting, “Can confirm the New York Islanders and Lou Lamoriello are now talking about a position within the organization.” So what intrigues Lou to Long Island? His son, Chris, currently serves as assistant general manager of the club. Wouldn’t it be fun for Lou to end his amazing career working alongside his son? No one knows what actual position Lou would hold but what I do know is Garth Snow will still most likely be apart of this club come next season. It is rumored that Charles Wang gave Garth Snow a huge contract just before he became a minority owner instead of being a majority owner.
Overall, any hockey fan would be stupid to not want Lou Lamoriello as part of the team they root for. The New York Islanders need this man badly. They currently are just over a month away from either signing or letting John Tavares walk on July 1st. I hope all works out and Lou becomes GM. Garth Snow is fired, and John Tavares resigns, but being an Isles fan, you just never know what to expect.
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