The Islanders announced Tuesday that former Maple Leafs/Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has indeed joined their staff as president of hockey operations.
It was rumored by The Athletic's Arthur Staple Monday that Lamoriello was set to join the Islanders in some capacity "in a matter of days." Well, it was less than a day since that report came out that New York decided to release the news themselves.
"We are grateful to Larry Tanenbaum and the Toronto Maple Leafs for their courtesy in allowing this move," 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."
Lamoriello, who was supposed to transition to a senior advisor with Toronto following his three years as GM, is excited for his new opportunity.
"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.
At 75, Lamoriello has accomplished many feats over his long tenure in the NHL. He began working as the Devils president and GM in 1987, where he won three Stanley Cups in five appearances. He also won nine division titles and made the postseason 21 times with 13 of those coming consecutively from 1997-2010. Recently, Lamoriello's Leafs has made the playoffs for the past two seasons.
After his many accomplishments, Lamoriello was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
Lamoriello has already gotten to work with his new team, as he reportedly spoke with captain John Tavares who is set to become a free agent on July 1.
As for now former president of hockey operations and current GM Garth Snow, his role is currently unknown.