The New York Islanders are expected to offer their General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, a contract extension. Lamoriello’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2021-2022 season, but the team is reportedly working on a new deal to keep him at the helm.
Lamoriello joined the Islanders in 2018 and has since made significant changes to the team’s roster, coaching staff, and overall organizational structure. He has prioritized a strong team culture and has focused on building a competitive, playoff-caliber team. Under his leadership, the Islanders have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, including two trips to the conference finals.
The 78-year-old executive is a hockey legend, having previously served as General Manager for the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs. He has won three Stanley Cups as a General Manager and two more as an executive with the NHL league office.
The Islanders’ ownership group, led by Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky, has praised Lamoriello’s leadership and his vision for the team. Malkin told reporters earlier this year that Lamoriello is “one of the best sports executives in the world.”
Given Lamoriello’s success with the Islanders and his impressive track record in hockey, it’s no surprise that the team is interested in extending his contract. Although the details of the potential extension have not been released, it’s likely that Lamoriello will be offered a long-term deal to continue leading the Islanders.
Lamoriello himself has expressed a desire to stay with the Islanders long-term, saying earlier this year that he would like to “finish [his] career” with the team. He also praised the team’s ownership and management, saying that they are “committed to winning” and that he is “grateful to be a part of it.”
If the Islanders do indeed offer Lamoriello a contract extension, it will be a testament to the success that he has brought to the team and a sign of their confidence in his leadership moving forward. Islanders fans can look forward to seeing what Lamoriello has in store for the team in the years to come.