aPRIL 30, 2018 | 3:02PM ET
LAMORIELLO WILL NOT RETURN AS LEAFS’ GM
The Toronto Maple Leafs announce today that Lou Lamoriello will not return next season as the club’s General Manager, but will remain with the club as a Senior Advisor.
Lamoriello was brought in three years ago from the New Jersey Devils to take over as Toronto’s GM.
“Three years ago, Lou and I agreed on a contract that would see him serve as General Manager of the Maple Leafs for three years and then transition to Senior Advisor for the following four years,” said Leafs President Brendan Shanahan. “This morning I informed Lou that I was not going to deviate from that course of action. I will now focus all of my attention towards making a decision regarding our next general manager.”
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie said today on TSN 1050 Radio in Toronto that he believes that Lamoriello will take an opportunity as a General Manager of another NHL team if the opportunity were to present itself.
TSN analyst Gord Miller said on “Leafs Lunch” that, “Kyle Dubas (Assistant General Manager) had very little to do with the NHL team,” and that most of Dubas’ responsibilities involved the AHL-affiliate Toronto Marlies.
With numerous teams contacting the Maple Leafs this season inquiring on the services of Dubas, this may have had something to do in Shanahan’s decision in moving on from Lamoriello and sticking to the plan that was drawn out three years ago. Dubas and fellow Assistant General Manager Mark Hunter seem to be early favorites as the club’s next GM.
According to McKenzie, a decision on the team’s next GM will not be rushed, and should not be expected in the “next 24 hours” and that process will take some time.
In an all-important summer that is ahead for Toronto, the Leafs’ management will have their work cut out for them. William Nylander is owed a new contract, while Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are eligible for extensions as early as July 1.
Lamoriello was crucial in the turnaround of the Maple Leafs over the last three seasons. During his time in Toronto, Lamoriello pulled the trigger on several high-impact trades. His most notable deals were moving Dion Phaneuf and his hefty contract out of Toronto and his trade-and-sign for goaltender Frederik Andersen. He also surprised the hockey world by signing Patrick Marleau to a three-year deal last summer as a free agent away from the San Jose Sharks.