There could be a time when we look back and wonder why Islanders ownership declined to perform a complete executive search, why they chose not to interview the many promising candidates available to run the club's hockey operations.
But in the end, when your franchise is rotting at its core - so much so that your franchise player is not even engaging in any discussions of substance with you - what's really needed is a master surgeon. In getting Lou Lamoriello, owner Scott Malkin found the perfect person for the job.
With the arrival of Lamoriello as Islanders President of Hockey Operations, the excuse-making is over.
The lack of accountability is over.
The game-playing with the press is over.
Lamoriello doesn't have to act like he's the smartest person in the room, or bully others into pretending he is. Lamoriello is the one with the Stanley Cup rings and Hockey Hall of Fame membership card.
But much more than that, he is the hardest-working, most committed man in the business. Know this: for as long as he has full authority, Lamoriello will move mountains for this franchise.
He will instantly instill a culture of professionalism, a framework for how hockey business is conducted, how the Islanders will be coached and how they will play.
Expect his front office personnel moves to be stealth. Publicly, he will express respect for everyone. Privately, many of the comings and goings will not be heralded. In some cases, you just might see some new names in the office directory on the team website.
There will be some of the "Lou Rules." In New Jersey, broadcasters did not fly on the team charter. In his view, the team is the team. The male members of Lamoriello's staff wear jackets and ties every time they are in public representing the team. Beards are out.
In Lamoriello's world, no one shows up for a press conference looking like Garth Snow did next to Jon Ledecky on breakup day.
As many in the Country thought (or at least hoped), it was that day of delusion and disconnection that led to Malkin realizing enough was enough - that he had to bring in someone to fix the dysfunction.
There were plenty of good candidates available, but for the massive job that had to be done, no one matched the qualifications and credibility of Lamoriello. No one came close.
Ownership got it right. Now they have to get out of Lamoriello's way.