The ground shifted under the New York Islanders this summer — including, more games scheduled at their old ground in Nassau. Out went Garth Snow and Doug Weight, as many hoped. Out went John Tavares, as...wait, that wasn’t the plan.
In came a series of bodies brought in by Lou Lamoriello as he tries to initiate “culture change” with the help of Stanley Cup champion coach Barry Trotz.
A great draft takes some of the sting off the free agency mess that followed. But the Isles have a long way to go to regain respectability. And many questions.
We’ll try to answer the 20 most pressing ones in 20 days as rookie camp and then full training camp kick off.