The Maple Leafs announced Monday that GM Lou Lamoriello would be moving to a role as the organization's senior advisor, and that team president Brendan Shanahan was beginning the search for a new GM. He is expected to transition to being a senior advisor.
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello spoke to reporters on April 27, 2018, two days after the Leafs lost in the first round to the Bruins. Toronto could have to replace as many as three centres next year, with Tyler Bozak, Dominic Moore and Tomas Plekanec all unrestricted free agents.
Lamoriello's contract expired at the end of this season. "This morning I informed Lou that I was not going to deviate from that course of action".
Lamoriello was the Devils' general manager from 1987 to 2015, and his teams won the Stanley Cup three times. "My relationship and respect I have for him has only grown over time".
Under Lamoriello's watch, Toronto gained a playoff berth in each of the past two seasons, and has improved its regular-season point totals from 69 in his first season to 95 and a franchise-record 105 this season on the strength of 49 victories.More news: Ali Carter Head and Shoulders Above the Rocket
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Shanahan adds that he will now focus all of his attention towards making a decision regarding the team's next general manager. "His leadership in helping establish a cultural foundation, as well as his invaluable mentorship to everyone in this organization, has been instrumental in our development".
"It's an unknown", Lamoriello said. Whether Lamoriello would remain with the Leafs in the advisor capacity wasn't made clear in the release, but he stated outright on the conference call that there are no immediate plans for him to look for work elsewhere.
But that would mean Lamoriello and the Islanders show mutual interest, and that's currently a long way off - for now.
Tim Horton's That's Hockey Host Gino Reda talked to Scott MacArthur about the Leafs decision not to bring back Lou Lamoriello as Leafs GM next season.
Lamoriello's possible availability provided a glimmer of hope that the Islanders could swoop in and grab the Hall of Famer considering he has connections to the team.