Move over, Garth Snow.
The Islanders on Tuesday announced that they have officially hired Lou Lamoriello to be the team’s new president of hockey operations, pulling the power chair from under their general manager and giving it to the former Devils and Maple Leafs GM.
“He will have full authority over all hockey matters with the organization,” the team said of Lamoriello in a statement.
Lamoriello, 75, had been linked to the Islanders after his three-year tenure as Toronto GM was set to transition to a role as senior adviser this offseason.
“We are grateful to Larry Tanenbaum and the Toronto Maple Leafs for their courtesy in allowing this move,” Islanders co-owner 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.”
The team did not say Tuesday what the future holds for Snow, who has guided the organization to just one playoff series win since taking over as GM in 2006.
Lamoriello said in a conference call that he had “no preconceived notions” when asked about the fates of both Snow and head coach Doug Weight. Snow also served as Islanders president until Lamoriello’s arrival.
The Athletic, which first reported Lamoriello’s hiring on Monday, reported that Snow’s deal runs for at least four more years and has a “steep buyout.”
Lamoriello led the Devils to five Stanley Cup Finals and three championships during his 28 years as GM from 1987 to 2015. He helped the Leafs end their three-year playoff drought in 2017.
“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 in a statement.
The Islanders also employ Lamoriello’s son, Chris, who has been an assistant GM with the team since 2016.
Lamoriello has reportedly already been in contact with Islanders captain and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent John Tavares.