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Will Patrick Roy succeed Lou Lamoriello as New York Islanders general manager?  – The Hockey Writers –
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Will Patrick Roy succeed Lou Lamoriello as New York Islanders general manager? – The Hockey Writers –

The New York Islanders season is over and the offseason has begun. The Islanders fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in Round 1 for the second time in three seasons, resulting in even more disappointment for Islanders fans. When president of hockey operations and general manager (GM) Lou Lamoriello announced that he and head coach Patrick Roy would return next season, many fans were upset about the team’s need for change. However, a bigger message can be taken from this press conference.

Remember Barry Trotz?

Given the news of Lamoriello and Roy returning, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this team believes in the group they have, so no major changes should be expected. But now that Lamoriello is getting older, he may be thinking about his successor. While this is pure speculation, it appears that Roy himself is a frontrunner.

Related: Does Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello have job security?

When the Islanders parted ways with head coach Barry Trotz in 2022, it came as a shock to many. He was a big reason why the team had so much success in 2019-2021, so it didn’t make sense to fire him after a bad season. The shooting took place under murky circumstances, with fans having no insight into the reasoning. Now, two years later, it’s starting to make sense.

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Patrick Roy, New York Islanders (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Trotz probably approached Lamoriello at the time with a request for a management role. Trotz, who was 59 years old at the time, probably felt like it was time to take the next step in his career. The two likely realized that there was no realistic path for Trotz to find a worthwhile management role anytime soon, so he left the organization. Less than a year later, Trotz joined the Nashville Predators before taking over as GM on July 1, 2023.

Now the Islanders may be grooming Roy to succeed Lamoriello as GM in the coming seasons. This could be the case because Roy, who was hired mid-season, was given a two-year contract without the interim title. This isn’t usually the case with midseason coaching hires, so it was cause for discussion for Islanders fans. Before joining the Islanders, he spent time with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) as vice-president of hockey operations, owner, GM and head coach. He was also named head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche in 2013, where he had a major influence on all hockey-related decisions.

It’s Roy’s world and we’re just living in it?

Another reason to believe this may be the case is that Roy himself is grooming Benoit Desrosiers to succeed him on the bench. Roy brought Desrosiers to the Islanders midseason, and Desrosiers is only 35 years old. He spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach in the QMJHL before becoming head coach for the 2023-2024 season. His stint as head coach was cut short, but his promotion to assistant coach for the Islanders was worth it. Given his young age and lack of professional experience, it is unlikely that he would be ready to take on a head coaching role next season, but it is not out of the question that he will do so in the future.

All this said, there is one major reason to believe Roy would succeed Lamoriello as GM. In Lamoriello’s previous role as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, he groomed then-assistant GM Kyle Dubas as his successor. Dubas immediately filled the role when Lamoriello joined the Islanders and led the Maple Leafs to moderate success. Dubas also spent four seasons as general manager of the Maple Leafs’ minor league affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

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This rationale of Lamoriello could lead to two paths. The first is hiring his son Chris Lamoriello, who has been the assistant GM for the Islanders since 2017, as well as the General Manager of the Bridgeport Islanders. However, this would be a terrible decision considering Bridgeport’s incredibly frustrating seasons since Lamoriello’s tenure began. The most likely path Lamoriello takes is to hire Roy as his successor in 2025 or 2026. This would allow the 81-year-old Lamoriello to force his way out of the Islanders organization by hiring a respected NHL veteran who has experience. coaching and in a front-office role. This would also allow the infamous Lamoriello to teach Roy the principles he values ​​wholeheartedly, ensuring they are carried out in the future according to the roster he has put together.

As the offseason begins, it’s officially the season of ridiculous trade proposals, unlikely free agent signings, and absurd mock drafts. There is constant news and speculation. By taking a deeper look at certain quotes from players and staff, fans can get a better idea of ​​what to expect this offseason. Or this could all be a waste of time if the offseason goes in a different direction.