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Islanders GM Lamoriello moving on from Tavares: Teams win, not players

Islanders GM Lamoriello moving on from Tavares: Teams win, not players
Published On: Wed, Sep 12
Apr 4, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils co- coach Adam Oates (L) and president and general manager Lou Lamoriello look on during the game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Devils 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

TheA New York IslandersA are moving into a new era as the team gets set to open training camp and start a new season withoutA John TavaresA for the first time since 2009.

After losing Tavares in free agency, new general manager Lou Lamoriello got busy adding to his roster.A Leo Komarov,A Valtteri FilppulaA andA Robin LehnerA were among the top free agent signings. The team wasna€™t able to bring in a big-name, high-impact player, but Lamoriello has always been about creating a team culture that cultivates a winning atmosphere.

Thata€™s already underway in New York. Lamoriello downplayed the idea the Islanders are going through a John Tavares a€œaftermath,a€ emphasizing that everyone had already moved past the crucial July 1 decision.

a€œIta€™s different if they had won championships. Ita€™s different if they had had a lot of success. They havena€™t done much a€” and I dona€™t say that with any disrespect,a€A Lamoriello told theA New York Posta€™sA Brett Cyrgalis. a€œHavena€™t been to the playoffs the last couple years. Things havena€™t worked out the way everybody would have liked them to, from what my understanding is.

a€œSo, an aftermath? Therea€™s no such thing in my mind. What the players we have here should be thinking about is not making the playoffs last year, and thata€™s what the goal should be. Teams win, not players. Individual players win some games, but teams win championships. And thata€™s what we have to create.a€

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