The New York Islanders have hired Lou Lamoriello as their President of Hockey Operations and announce that he will “have full authority over all hockey matter with the organization.”
Following a three-year stint as the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Lamoriello is headed back to the state of New York.
Lamoriello was the president and GM of the New Jersey Devils from 1987 to 2015 before he went north of the border. The Maple Leafs announced in April that he would no longer continue as GM but would stay on as a special advisor. The Islanders then turned their sights on Lamoriello and the Maple Leafs let him go.
“We are grateful to Larry Tanenbaum and the Toronto Maple Leafs for their courtesy in allowing this move.” – Managing Partner of the Islanders, Scott Malkin
Lamoriello brings a ton of experience to the Islanders’ front office and this is arguably the biggest offseason of their franchise history. John Tavares will become an unrestricted free agent in a few weeks, but will Lamoriello be able to persuade the star centre to re-sign with the Islanders?
A bit more info on Lamoriello/Tavares: sounds like they met face-to-face last Wednesday in New York. Told it was “introductory” as they had not talked before, now NYI have window to pitch. https://t.co/cA2r4WtpBD
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 22, 2018
The Islanders also own the No.11 and No.12 overall picks in this summer’s NHL draft.