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Lou Lamoriello confident he can sign his Islander free agents

Lou Lamoriello is facing an unpredictably unprecedented offseason, with the salary cap remaining flat at $81.5 million for 2020-21 and, he anticipates, "likewise the next year."

"There are going to be more players available than people think," the Islanders president and general manager said on Tuesday during his end-of-season press conference, conducted via Zoom in deference to the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the NHL’s finances.

Lamoriello said he would certainly look outside the organization to improve the roster. But the Islanders would "focus in on what we’ve accomplished…and how much better we can get internally."

"We’re going to focus in on trying to keep our team together," Lamoriello said.