Maple Leafs say Lamoriello will not return as GM next season

Heather Diaz
May 1, 2018

The possibility of Lou Lamoriello leaving Toronto to save the Islanders is now even more relevant after the Maple Leafs announced on Monday that the Hall of Fame executive would not return for a fourth season as general manager. "This morning I informed Lou that I was not going to deviate from that course of action".

"I felt what was best for the organization if I were to make a decision [to change general managers] was to make one early", Shanahan said.

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.

"It's an unknown", Lamoriello said.

Lamoriello declined to discuss his future plans during the team's end-of-season availability last Friday.

Under Lamoriello's guidance, the Maple Leafs went 118-95-33 over the last three seasons.

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In the ensuing 28 years, the Devils made the playoffs 21 times and won three Stanley Cups.

"First of all, my responsibility is right here with the Toronto Maple Leafs", Lamoriello said on a conference call.

It's assumed that there would be some kind of out-clause - either now in the contract or one that could be negotiated - if Lamoriello approached Shanahan and said he had another opportunity to be a GM. "So I'm just handling one thing at a time".

Shanahan told media Monday he did not have a timetable for hiring a new GM, but with Lamoriello staying on as an advisor, the transition between Lamoriello and his replacement will be smooth and productive. "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".

In May 2017, the Maple Leafs granted Colorado permission to talk with Dubas, who was working as GM and alternate governor of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

Under general manager and team president Garth Snow, the inconsistent and mediocre Islanders haven't been able to attain any sort of continued success, which could lead to the departure of their star captain John Tavares, who is a free agent this summer. "Lou Lamoriello's influence on everyone here will felt for a long time". Lamoriello spent 27 seasons as Devils GM before stepping down in May 2015 and joining the Maple Leafs in their rebuilding effort.

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