The Islanders named Lou Lamoriello their president of hockey operations on Tuesday, giving the longtime N.H.L. executive complete control over an organization that has made only three playoff appearances in the past decade.
Lamoriello, 75, spent the past three seasons as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs after winning three Stanley Cups in a nearly three-decade tenure running the Devils. His son Chris has worked for the Islanders since August 2016 and currently serves as the team’s assistant general manager.
“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 Islanders’ managing partner, Scott Malkin, said in a statement.
Garth Snow has been general manager of the Islanders the past 12 seasons, only four of which resulted in playoff appearances. The team won only one of those playoff series.
Islanders fans have consistently clamored for Snow’s ouster, especially after the past two seasons. Asked last month at the team’s season-ending news conference whether he deserved to keep his job, Snow gave a rambling answer extolling the history of his draft picks.
The Islanders have a major task ahead of them. John Tavares, who has been the face of the franchise since the Islanders made him the first pick of the 2009 draft, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Tavares has not committed to stay with the team.
Also unclear is the fate of Coach Doug Weight, who completed his first full season with a 35-37-10 mark after replacing Jack Capuano midway through the previous campaign.
At the team’s news conference last month, the Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky read a statement in which he said everyone in the team’s front office would be evaluated. Ledecky did not answer questions, and he and Malkin had made no public statements about their plans in the weeks since that statement.
At the time, Tavares expressed disappointment at again being a postseason bystander. He also mentioned free agency beckoning for the first time in his career, as well as a desire to remain with the Islanders.
“I think I’ve earned the right to take my time and go from there,” Tavares said at the time. “I hope to be back. I love it here. It’s a tremendous fan base.”
The Islanders announced in December a new arena to be built at Belmont Park would be their home by the 2021-22 season. In late January, the Islanders said they would share home games over the coming three seasons between Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Nassau Coliseum, their renovated but downsized former arena.