It appears the Islanders have made a move to clean up their hockey operations after all.
Former Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello is reportedly set to run the Isles' hockey operations "in a matter of days," per The Athletic's Arthur Staple. Lamoriello has been rumored to join the Islanders in some capacity next season. However, that capacity was unknown given Garth Snow's GM and president of hockey operations role.
With Lamoriello about to join them for real, Snow's position within the organization is currently unknown. But Staple's sources say that Lamoriello will be "fully in charge."
Lamoriello has already got down to business, as the Islanders' other big task this offseason is re-signing captain John Tavares to a new contract. The 75-year-old has reportedly spoken to the Isles' center, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Islanders co-owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin are making a statement in hiring Lamoriello -- if it officially comes to fruition that is. Lamoriello was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils before making his move over to the Leafs, and with Tavares still up in the air as to whether or not he wants to return to the Isles, this move shows that the organization is all-in on making the changes necessary to keep him in town.
Lamoriello has Islanders connections already with his son, Chris, serving as the team's assistant GM.
The Leafs have not made any official announcement of Lamoriello leaving his current post with them as a senior advisor, which was part of his contract. President Brendan Shanahan made it known that once the three years of Lamoriello serving as GM was up, he would transition into the advisor role.
But that doesn't appear to be the case now, and if the reports ring true, Lamoriello will be given the reigns for the Isles next season.