The New York Islanders season has not gone the way anyone expected it to as the team sits near the bottom of the NHL standings. However, that doesn’t mean general manager Lou Lamoriello is going to let the season “go down in flames,” according to one NHL insider.
TSN’s Darren Dreger indicated that he could see Lamoriello make a try and right the ship before all hope of a playoff berth was lost.
“I’m still not counting out Lou Lamoriello,” Dreger said during the Ottawa Senators pregame show on TSN 1200. “I don’t think that he’s going to make this magical blockbuster (trade) that is going to cure everything that ails the New York Islanders, but Lou is also a pretty active GM. He isn’t going to watch the season go up in flames. I’m not sure what, if anything, he’s looking for, but something tells me that he’s going to do something in an effort to salvage this season.”
The Islanders need plenty of help right now as they try and recover from a COVID outbreak that set them back even further after a sluggish start to the year. New York was 5-10-4 entering Tuesday’s game with the Ottawa Senators.
Offensively, the Islanders have had a hard time finding the back the net and could use some help up front from someone with a scoring touch. They have also struggled on the defensive side of things and have felt the losses of Nick Leddy and Devon Toews big time this year.
A puck-moving defenseman could be what the Islanders look to try and add, but that’s if Lou Lamoriello attempts to make a move. Whether the Islanders can turn it around s also a big question.
The Islanders team that Lou Lamoriello constructed for this season is more than 20 points back of first place.
“Things can turn pretty quickly when you’ve got the pieces,” Dreger explained. “And even though now when youu look at the New York Islanders it looks like it’s disjointed and maybe the pieces don’t fit like they did last year. For the most part, they’re still the same pieces, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if this team got on some type of roll. But with all that pasture to cover I’m not so sure they’re going to have the time to get it done.”