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John Tavares said to be pleased that Lou Lamoriello will run Islanders

John Tavares said to be pleased that Lou Lamoriello will run Islanders
Published On: Wed, May 23
May 8, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; iNew York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) checks Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) into the boards during the first period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Lou Lamorielloa€™s hiring has apparently pleased John Tavares.

A league source told Newsday on Tuesday that the Islandersa€™ franchise player, captain and, most critically, impending unrestricted free agent on July 1, viewed Lamoriello being brought aboard as the president of hockey operations with full autonomy over decisions as a positive step toward Tavaresa€™ stated goal of playing for a winner.

Lamoriello, most recently the Maple Leafs general manager, guided the Devils to three Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003 during his tenure as that organizationa€™s president and GM from 1987-2015.

The league source said that Lamoriello does not view the Islanders, who have missed the playoffs the past two seasons and won just one playoff round since 1993, as a rebuilding job. The Islanders finished seventh in the eight-team Metropolitan Division with a 35-37-10 record.

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