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John Tavares was reportedly happy to hear that Lou Lamoriello has been hired as the Islanders' president of hockey operations.

Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and if Lamoriello can help the Islanders lock Tavares into a long-term contract, then that alone would make him worth hiring. Losing Tavares on the free agent market would be a huge blow for the Islanders, but they still have a little over a month to work something out before he would become a UFA on July 1. Even at that point, it's still possible that after exploring his other options, Tavares would ultimately decide to just re-sign with the Islanders.
May 23 - 7:49 AM

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.
May 22 - 10:25 AM

According to the Athletic, Lou Lamoriello will be hired to run the Islanders' hockey operations.

It's unclear at this time if he will be New York's General Manager as well, and where this puts current GM Garth Snow, but more information could come in the next few days. According to multiple sources, Lamoriello met with pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares last week. Lamoriello declined to comment on the reports.
May 21 - 4:29 PM

Islanders goalie prospect Linus Soderstrom is expected to play in North America in 2018-19.

Soderstrom has played the last two seasons with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League. He had a 1.34 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in 22 games during the 2016-17 campaign, but he slipped to a 2.79 GAA and .894 save percentage in 14 appearances last year. Soderstrom will likely start in Bridgeport of the AHL to get used to the smaller ice.
May 21 - 10:53 AM

John Tavares is getting closer to becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Tavares could decide to take a wait-and-see approach and make a decision after considering all of his options. The front office of the Islanders could change this summer if Lou Lamoriello joins the organization. It's unclear how much that would factor into his final decision, but he expressed throughout the year that he wanted to stay with the Islanders. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise at this point if he checked out what else is out there on July 1.
May 21 - 10:36 AM

TSN's Darren Dreger poured some water on the rumors linking the Montreal Canadiens to John Tavares.

"I’ve never heard this directly from John himself, so I’m going to caution this as being highly speculative." said TSN's Darren Dreger on Montreal Radio's TSN 690. "But I have heard from some that I trust that for a number of reasons Montreal doesn’t appear to be a fit for him." The Canadiens have been looking for a true No. 1 center for what seems like forever and Tavares would arguably be the best player to hit the open market in recent memory. If he does hit free agency on July 1st, Tavares will have plenty of options. "He can go to Toronto, but they’re about to pay Auston Matthews $12 million a year," TSN play-by-play man Gord Miller said on TSN 690 Wednesday afternoon: "So I mean does it really make sense to go there? I don’t think it does. Teams with cap space would include Montreal and I think Montreal would be a contender."
May 19 - 10:14 AM

The New York Islanders are reportedly talking to Lou Lamoriello about potentially joining their front office.

Lamoriello had been serving as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the last three years, but the club announced that he wouldn't be back in that role next season. Lou's son, Chris, is the assistant general manager with the Islanders, so there's an obvious connection there. It'll be interesting to see if the veteran NHL executive is willing to leave his job as an advisor in Toronto to join a struggling Islanders franchise.
May 11 - 7:58 PM

Not that it's surprising, but goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would love it if the Rangers managed to sign John Tavares.

"He’s a great player, there’s no question about it. Of course, if he would like to play for us, that would be big," Lundqvist said. "I have a lot of respect for him as a player. He’s done a great job so many years." Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It's still entirely possible that he'll re-sign with the Islanders, but the uncertainty of his situation has led to plenty of speculation, some of it not terribly realistic. Him going from the Islanders to the Rangers though would have to be particularly tough for Islanders fans to swallow if it actually happened.
May 10 - 5:52 AM

Travis St. Denis has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.

St. Denis tallied 23 goals and generated 44 points in 74 games this past season with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
May 8 - 5:55 PM

Ilya Sorokin reportedly doesn't want to sign with the New York Islanders as long as Garth Snow is the team's general manager.

Take that report with a grain of salt, but it would certainly be an interesting development if that were the case. The Islanders took Sorokin with the 78th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and since then he's developed into a star in the KHL. He had a 1.61 GAA and .929 save percentage in 39 games in 2017-18. It's worth noting that he's still under contract in the KHL and while he could buy that contract out if he really wanted to play in the NHL, it is another factor in all of this. In other words, even if he doesn't head to North America to play for the Islanders in the near future, it doesn't necessarily say anything about his opinion on Snow. Similarly, even if the Islanders hired a new general manager - which isn't expected to happen this summer - it wouldn't necessarily lead to Sorokin heading to North America.
May 4 - 1:10 PM

Lou Lamoriello will not return next season as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brendan Shanahan made the announcement on Monday. Lamoriello has served as the GM of the Leafs for the last three years. He may transition to being a senior advisor if he wants the position. The Leafs have not announced a replacement yet, but Kyle Dubas should be considered the favorite for the role.
Apr 30 - 12:08 PM

The future of Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello isn't clear.

Lamoriello's contract with the Maple Leafs is up on July 1 and it's not clear if the two sides will agree to an extension. For his part, Lamoriello was asked if he wanted to return for a fourth year as Toronto's general manager and wouldn't say. "Part of my personality is not thinking about myself or worrying about myself or expressing what has to do with me," Lamoriello said. "So it’s not anything new here than it has been in the past and that’s where I’m going to leave that. My focus right now is doing what my responsibilities are and allowing that to take its course." Lamoriello, who will turn 76 in October, is the oldest active general manager in the NHL.
Apr 27 - 6:11 PM

Mathew Barzal has been named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

Barzal is the heavy favorite to win after scoring 22 goals and 85 points in 82 games. In terms of points, only two players had better rookie campaigns than him in the salary cap era. They were Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Clayton Keller and Brock Boeser are the other two nominees for this year's Calder Trophy.
Apr 22 - 2:53 PM

The New York Islanders are expected to break ground on their new arena at some point in 2019 according to commissioner Gary Bettman.

The environmental review is expected to take 12-16 months and began last December. "Based on everything I know, based on everything I’ve been told, we expect that arena to be coming out of the ground sometime in the next nine months to a year," Bettman said Friday.
Apr 22 - 8:05 AM

Josh Bailey will play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship.

Bailey will join fellow Islanders Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle on the roster. He broke out offensively in 2017-18 with 71 points (18 goals, 53 assists) in 76 games.
Apr 16 - 4:18 PM


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