Lane Lambert’s appointment as the Islanders’ head coach was more about regaining the team’s identity than forging a new one.
His way of doing that began to make itself clear on Thursday, when Lambert officially led practice for the first time during training camp.
“The new voice is simply my voice,” said Lambert who was the top assistant last season to Barry Trotz, who was fired in May after the Islanders missed the playoffs. “It’s different in the way I communicate and the way I talk. There’s nothing wrong with the old voice in terms of what he did, but it’s certainly different for me now. I’m a demanding, passionate guy, really. And the players know that and they respect that and I respect them.”