Facing salary cap, Islanders trade Devon Toews to Avalanche
Defenseman Noah Dobson "ready to take the next step," Lamoriello says
After expressing his pleasure with last week’s NHL Draft, New York Islanders team president Lou Lamoriello went right back to work.
The reigning NHL General Manager of the Year and Hall of Fame executive made a pair of trades this week, including one he admittedly didn’t want to make.
“[The salary cap] certainly played a role, unfortunately,” Lamoriello ceded after swapping defenseman Devon Toews to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday for second-round picks in 2021 and 2022.
“The combination of a player going to arbitration was an unknown and being able to acquire assets, which we sort of used in previous trades, it was all inclusive,” he added.