NEW YORK (AP) Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz say they didn't know exactly what to expect from the New York Islanders this season.
There were plenty of questions after the Islanders gave up 293 goals - the most in the NHL since 2006-07 - while missing the playoffs for the eighth time in 11 years. There was uncertainty on offense when star center John Tavares left in free agency for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.
"There were a lot of unknowns. We had no preconceived notions," Lamoriello said. "Whatever expectations there were, there were really none one way or another."