The New York Islanders have officially announced the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as President of Hockey Operations.
“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.” Lamoriello was the GM of the Maple Leafs for the last three years and he has a tremendous amount of experience in the front office.
Lamoriello’s son, Chris, is the Islanders’ assistant GM, so this is family affair now. Lamoriello met with Islanders captain John Tavares last week ahead of this move. Tavares is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
If these two can convince Tavares to sign long-term, this will look like a genius move for the franchise right away. “I am excited to join such a storied franchise and look forward to working with Scott Malkin and the entire New York Islanders organization,” Lamoriello said.
Lamoriello originally joined the Devils as President and General Manager in 1987. Throughout his tenure in New Jersey, the Devils went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 21 times, posted 13, 100-point seasons, won nine division titles, went to the Stanley Cup Final five times and won the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003. The Devils also earned 13 consecutive post-season berths from 1997-2010. Over the course of his tenure in New Jersey, the Devils posted a regular season record of 1,093-759-179-109 and a playoff record of 136-116. In 1996, New Jersey’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany Devils won the Calder Cup, marking the first time an NHL organization and their AHL franchise has won both championships in the same season.