The deed is done.
When the season ended without any decisive moves, we wondered what was left for Jon Ledecky to evaluate.
When it became clear it wasn’t his call, and Scott Malkin was waiting on Lou Lamoriello’s availability, we wondered how long it would take Lou to put his stamp on the franchise.
Lou’s evaluation took less than two weeks.
- The news breaks, and the threads go crazy. [LHH]
- Brian Compton’s story, also including an embed of an NHL Network interview with Arthur Staple. [NHL]
- Lou seeks a “new culture,” and “new voices are needed in certain areas.” Saddle up. [LHH | Newsday | The Athletic | Post] Listen to the audio from the conference call here. [Isles]
- “It’s just doing little things a certain way, a different way, a consistent way.” [Sportsnet]
- We know Lou is the new general manager. Who will be the new head coach? [LHH | Post | MSG | The Athletic]
- Put Mark Herrmann in the camp of thinking this is good news for Tavares. [Newsday]
- As you might imagine, how this affects Tavares was on a lot of minds, and Dan has you covered with updates to the Encyclopedia. [LHH]
- The news made for a perfect opening topic for Noel and Dan Petriw on the Isles Buzz podcast, which we’ll be sharing here at LHH with Noel in the fold. [LHH/Isles Buzz]
- Vote for Eberle! [NHL Fan Choice Awards]
- LATE UPDATE - The Score’s Josh Wegman, who has apparently just emerged Brendan Fraser-style from a bunker somewhere upstate, tosses out a Johnny ABS article and makes the Encyclopedia All-Star team. [The Score]
- The Golden Knights think maybe the municipal powers that be shouldn’t be planning a parade just yet. [NBC]
- Twenty players who could be on the move via trade this summer, not all of them Hurricanes. [The Athletic] Foreshadowing: One of them reads like it was lifted from something we’ve already written, but haven’t yet published...
- The SBN NHL Mock Draft continues with the Canadiens taking Filip Zadina [HEOTP], the Senators taking Quinn Hughes [Silver Seven], and the Coyotes taking Brady Tkachuk [Five for Howling]
- Offseason Gameplan, Sharks Edition. [TSN]