May 22, 2018 | 8:13am ET [Updated: 9:26am ET]
LAMORIELLO TAKING OVER ISLANDERS; IS PRESIDENT OF HOCKEY OPS
The New York Islanders have officially welcomed Lou Lamoriello to their organization, naming him President of Hockey Operations on Tuesday morning.
Lamoriello, formerly a Sr. Advisor with the Maple Leafs, leaves Toronto after three seasons as their General Manager, and was with the New Jersey Devils from 1987 to 2015.
It’s unclear what the future holds for current Isles President and GM Garth Snow, though the team made no mentioning of him in their announcement.
As first reported by New York Newsday, regardless of what position Lamoriello were to hold, he will “be allowed to implement his hands-on style of management with final say on hockey matters.”
The Isles, in their announcement, revealed Lamoriello will “have have full authority over all hockey matters with the organization.”
“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 said. “We are committed to giving Lou every resource and the full support of the entire organization as we pursue our program to compete at the highest level.”
Last month, Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky revealed he and Malkin would be evaluating the entire organization and its hockey operations department, prompting speculation that Snow’s tenure at the helm of the team would be coming to an end.
Lamoriello, already acting on behalf of the Islanders, has spoken with Islanders captain John Tavares about his future with the organization and while the contents of that discussion are not yet known, many believe Tavares still plans on testing free agent market July 1.