Islanders Lamoriello takes heat away from coaching staff, ‘totally at me’

Amid the New York Islanders’ rough patch, which has lost 10 of their last 12 games and the season appears to be coming to an end, general manager Lou Lamoriello addressed the media in Ottawa.

Lou Lamoriello began the press conference by discussing trades to add to the New York Islanders roster.

“If we can improve, be it yesterday or the day before yesterday or today or tomorrow, we will definitely do it,” said Lamoriello. “It’s the price you have to pay to add it. And you need to make sure anything you add doesn’t subtract. And I think if you look at the entire National Hockey League, you see the exact same thing.”

Lamoriellop understands that the lack of moves and ultimately the lack of success is his and no one else’s, having taken some of the heat from Lane Lambert and his coaching staff.

“There are no excuses because that’s up to me, all up to me,” Lamoriello said. “It’s my responsibility to make ourselves as good as possible and make all sorts of changes. It’s not the coaching staff. It’s not up to the players and I take that responsibility. And it makes it possible.

“And there are a lot of reasons why sometimes you can and can’t, and those are decisions you have to make, but I take full responsibility for any changes that are made or not made.”

According to Andrew Gross, this is what Lamoriello had to stay:

“Our coaching staff did as good a job as one could wish for. I have no qualms about that at all.”

Given the way the Islanders play, particularly the offense, which has averaged just two goals a game in the team’s last 12, Lamoriello was asked if there was an urgent need to complete a trade.

“There is always an urgency. That shouldn’t change,” Lamoriello said. “I think I’ll go back to: If you can make your team better, make it better.”

“Regardless of whether you’re doing well or not, you have to do better with what you can do and also with what your partner wants to achieve.”

As for the troubled fans, discouraged by the lack of moves and achievements after last year’s failures, Lamoriello understood and acknowledged them.

“Well, first of all, we have a fantastic fan base. I love our fans because they tell you what they like and they tell you what they don’t like,” said Lamoriello. “And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. That’s what the fans care about. And none of us are here without fans, but they’re passionate and that’s the first thing I realized when I came here and I would never want them to be any different.”

“But they definitely need to have confidence that any decisions that are made are not up to the press or are not made for the wrong reasons. It has to be done for the right reasons, and you have to endure any criticism that comes.

Lou Lamoriello continued, “Unless you’re sitting in that court knowing what can and can’t be done and why and why not, you can always be a Monday morning quarterback and I think the fans love that. Social media has helped a lot in this for you to express your thoughts. And I’m sure there are a lot of general managers and a lot of writers out there, and I respect that and I appreciate that.”

The New York Islanders take on the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET.

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