Game Mens Shane Ray Jersey One of the most successful general managers in NHL history apparently isn’t done yet.
Lou Lamoriello, the architect of three Stanley Cup championships and five conference titles during his 28 years as president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils, will take over hockey operations for the New York Islanders in a number of days, The Athletic reports.
Speculation in hockey circles was that Tavares would go to market due to the state of the franchise, both on the ice and as it waits for a new arena to be constructed at Belmont Park racetrack. But according to Hockey 30 in Canada and other reports, Lamoriello flew to Mississauga and met with Tavares last week as a proxy for the Islanders, in the hopes of selling the captain on remaining with the team.
Tavares said last month that he was still considering his options.
It’s a big decision and there’s a lot that goes into it and that’s a big reason why I’ve taken my time, he said. For me personally, you realize that you don’t know how many opportunities you get to get to this point and possibly see what the landscape is.
If Tavares went to market, he would have a slew of serious suitors. But the addition of Lamoriello might be enough to lure him back to the only organization he has played for, on a long-term deal.
Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: Capitals fans waited roughly three rounds for Braden Holtby to step up and win a game for them on his own. Not just play well, but be the difference. He did that in Game 6, playing flawlessly in making 24 saves for his first shutout of the season. Game 7’s going to be no different than [Games] 1-6 of this series, he said.
Well, that might be Holtby’s mindset because he is 2-4 in Game 7s in his career, even though he has a respectable .923 save percentage. He has not been a liability in most of those losses, but he also hasn’t exerted his will Womens Washington Nationals Jersey on a game like he did in Game 6. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has given no indication that his stellar play is going to wane in Game 7. Holtby has to match him — and better him.
The Capitals made no apologies for taking the body and grinding out a physical 3-0 victory Monday night that tied the playoff series and set up a deciding Game 7. T.J. Oshie had a goal on the power play and into an empty net, Smith-Pelly scored a back-breaker and Braden Holtby stopped all 24 shots, but it was the bruising style that kept the Capitals alive and could still pay more dividends.