Lamoriello and Roy will return to Islanders next season

New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello. (Graham Hughes/CP)

New York Islanders president Lou Lamoriello said that both he and head coach Patrick Roy will be returning in their roles next season.

New York was eliminated by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five games this wee.

The team decided to make a change behind the bench midway through the season, firing Lane Lambert with the team holding a 19-15-11 record. After Roy took over, the Islanders went 20-12-5, which was enough to claim third place in the Metropolitan Division standings.

Lamoriello joined the Islanders in the summer of 2018 amid sweeping changes to the organization. In that time, the Islanders have qualified for the playoffs in five of six seasons.

“I’m excited,” Lamoriello told reporters during end-of-season availabilities, per NHL.com. “Next season started the next morning (after losing in the playoffs) and that’s what we have been doing. As far as what transpired, I think a lot has happened. (It was an) extremely positive transition. I take full responsibility. I put Patrick in a very difficult situation. Coming in at the time he came in, the changes that are necessary to do things the right way, you don’t have a lot of time. … So I’m excited. Patrick knows that. I couldn’t be more pleased where we are today.”

This is Roy’s second coaching stint in the NHL after he was with the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-16. 

“I learned a lot because it was the first time I jumped in mid-season,” Roy said. “It was unknown on my side, but obviously I had the support of Lou, helping me out. We had a lot of conversations about a lot of things and going in, I wanted to play a certain way structure-wise. I’m thankful to the players for embracing that challenge and making it work.”

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