Lamor­iello, Is­lan­ders still pos­si­ble

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Ever since Lou Lamor­iello was re­moved from his gen­eral-man­ager role with the Toronto Maple Leafs to be­come a se­nior ad­vi­sor, the Hall of Famer was con­stantly linked to the New York Is­lan­ders, a fran­chise in des­per­ate need of a sav­ior in the front of­fice.

It looks like all those talks look to have some merit af­ter a re­port from Sport­snet’s John Shan­non dis­closed that the Is­lan­ders and Lamor­iello have in fact spo­ken about a pos­si­ble fu­ture to­gether.

Nei­ther the Is­lan­ders nor Lamor­iello have con­firmed Shan­non’s re­ports, which isn’t much of a sur­prise con­sid­er­ing the leg­endary GM is known for keep­ing all his cards ex­tremely close to the vest.

It’s a style that’s done noth­ing but work for him, though, as he helped the New Jer­sey Devils to three Stan­ley Cup ti­tles while turn­ing around a Maple Leafs or­ga­ni­za­tion that hadn’t made the play­offs for a decade be­fore his ar­rival in 2015.

His tenure in Toronto though was mapped out as he and team pres­i­dent Bren­dan Shana­han had an agree­ment that the 75-year-old would stay on for three sea­sons as GM be­fore shift­ing to a gen­eral man­ager role.

While Shana­han kept his word, pro­mot­ing as­sis­tant GM and 32-year-old Kyle Dubas on Fri­day, it ap­pears that Lamor­iello isn’t ready to re­lin­quish a dom­i­nant role within a team’s front of­fice.

A gen­eral man­ager with his ex­pe­ri­ence is some­thing the Is­lan­ders des­per­ately need as they have been stuck in neu­tral for the last 12 years un­der cur­rent team pres­i­dent and GM Garth Snow.

Snow and Lamor­iello are close as the Is­lan­ders hired his son, Chris, as as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager in 2016, which could help en­sure there are no grow­ing pains should the two par­ties come to an agree­ment this off­sea­son.

For fans plead­ing for Snow to be re­moved from New York’s front of­fice, it likely won’t hap­pen. As Lamor­iello would likely have a fi­nal say on all ros­ter de­ci­sions, Snow would re­tain his role as pres­i­dent, though he would likely be a fig­ure­head more than any­thing.

Still, it would give the or­ga­ni­za­tion that hasn’t won a Stan­ley Cup since its four-year dy­nasty from 1980-1983 a proven voice in the front of­fice that has a track record of tak­ing down­trod­den or­ga­ni­za­tions and build­ing them into con­tenders.

It would also give the Is­lan­ders le­git­i­macy on the free-agent mar­ket, which is in­cred­i­bly vi­tal to their fu­ture con­sid­er­ing star cap­tain John Tavares could be test­ing the mar­ket this sum­mer.

Re­tain­ing Tavares with Lamor­iello build­ing a dan­ger­ous team around him — all while the Is­lan­ders pre­pare to move into a new arena in a few sea­sons — could give the or­ga­ni­za­tion some­thing it hasn’t had in decades: Rel­e­vance.

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Hall of Fame gen­eral man­ager Lou Lamor­iello’s next stop could be right here in New York.

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