In case you’ve missed it, the New York Islanders made an announcement today that the hockey world has spent weeks waiting for with baited breath. Specifically, they named Lou Lamoriello as their President of Hockey Operations, ending his several… day? week? tenure as a Special Advisor with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who he was General Manager of between 2015 and 2018, ending his term in that role last month.

It’s an interesting switch, but one that makes a lot of sense. Lamoriello isn’t one to play passenger, and the Islanders are offering him a significant role that brings him closer to his previous home in New Jersey and closer to his son Chris, who is an assistant General Manager with the team already.

The Islanders are coming off of a disappointing season where they finished 17 points out of a playoff spot, and as such, are expected to make some changes in an effort to turn things back around. On the other side of things, the Leafs are expected to overhaul their own roster under Kyle Dubas, with the timeline and exact process of that still remaining to be seen.

Either way, I thought it would be fun to look at some players who don’t necessarily fit into Toronto’s core, but address some of the Islanders’ perceived needs. Let’s dive in!

Auston Matthews

Look, the signs are all there. Matthews was Lamoriello’s first draft pick with the Maple Leafs, and as we all know, Mike Babcock has lost Auston. There is simply no other choice but to..

Hey wait, why are you closing the window? I’m kidding! Matthews, nor any of the big three, are falling back into Lou’s lap this summer. Just testing your blood pressure, y’know? Onto the actual candidates.

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