Lou Lamoriello is now behind the wheel for the Islanders, which means things are going to work his way.
So as the Hall of Famer officially took over as president of hockey operations on Tuesday, he was not allowing himself to be rushed into a decision on the fate of current embattled general manager Garth Snow or second-year head coach Doug Weight. Also, as per his long-standing policy, Lamoriello had absolutely no comment on the negotiation with pending free agent captain John Tavares, and would not confirm or deny the two have actually met for a discussion (which they almost certainly have).
All of which does not mean that Lamoriello will not pull the trigger on any bold move once he gets settled in and knows what he needs to do.
“Right now, I have no preconceived notions,” Lamoriello said on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “As I’ve done in the past in a situation like this, I take a step back and see exactly what the people who you have in place have to offer, what their thoughts are, what their vision is, and then make decisions as I go along.”
The biggest question for Lamoriello would be the fate of Snow, whose tumultuous 12-year run as GM has resulted in four postseason appearances and one series victory. The two are known to be friendly, and Snow hired Lamoriello’s son, Chris, to be an assistant GM in August 2016.