While fans of the New York Islanders continue to wait for ownership to fire Garth Snow, speculation is swirling around Lou Lamoriello as a possible replacement.
It’s all speculation at this point, but with the Hall of Fame general manager’s contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs expiring in June, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman can’t help but wonder if he’ll take his talents to New York shortly thereafter.
“This is me thinking out loud,” Friedman wrote recently, “but I’d be curious to see if the Islanders ask to speak to Lamoriello should Toronto not keep him in the same position. Son Chris is already there, and Lamoriello has a good relationship with GM Garth Snow. There’s some logic to it.”
Logic, of course, isn’t something closely associated with the Islanders these days.
Co-owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin continue to look like they’ve got no clue—or interest—in building a contender or holding someone, like general manager Garth Snow, accountable for a disastrous 2017-18 season.
But as Friedman says, Lamoriello to the Isles makes a lot of sense.
He built the New Jersey Devils into a perennial contender, a team that won three Stanley Cups under his watch. He’s taken the Toronto Maple Leafs from one of the game’s worst teams into the playoffs in relatively short time.
Lamoriello’s son, Chris, is currently the Islanders assistant general manager, something that wasn’t lost on Friedman or The Athletic’s Arthur Staple.
With the Malkin/Ledecky evaluation timeline going pretty deep into the offseason, if there's a move to be made, Lamoriello makes sense because of his ties to people already in #Isles org and to Snow, who would seemingly move upstairs. Something to watch for sure.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) April 26, 2018
While it’s a situation most definitely worth watching, the Islanders don’t seem to be in any rush to replace Snow, as Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports.
As of last night, Islanders ownership had not approached MLSE to talk to Lou Lamoriello, who’s contract expires on June 30th.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 26, 2018
Snow, contrary to what he and the franchise would like you to believe, has been a colossal failure over his 12-year run as Islanders general manager. The team has made just four playoff appearances during his reign.
While Lamoriello’s lengthy track record of success would be a welcome change, there’s no reason to believe the Islanders will actually try and bring him aboard at this point.