Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan confirmed this morning that general manager Lou Lamoriello will NOT return next season as Leafs GM. You may recall that following last week's Game 7 playoff elimination at the hands of the Boston Bruins, that Lamoriello refused to comment on his status with the team. Well... today's news can finally put to bed all the speculation.
Brendan Shanahan, President and Alternate Governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced today that Lou Lamoriello will not return next season as General Manager of the @MapleLeafs. #TMLtalk
This ends months of speculation from fans and media around the 75 year old Hall of Famer executive and his future with the Leafs organization. Early in 2018, Sportsnet reporter and NHL insider Elliotte Friedman had uncovered the fact that Lamoriello's agreement was set to expire but that the two sides had a clause that could see him return for an additional year. Today’s news obviously puts that option to rest.
According to Shanahan, Lamoriello will continue with the organization in an advisory role, but relinquish his management responsibilities to the team’s next GM. Here’s a recounting of the statement provided by Shanahan, courtesy of Leafs insider David Alter:
“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 a senior advisor for the following four years.”
“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.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lou for his tireless work over the last three years as 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.”
Now word yet on who exactly will replace Lamoriello in Toronto, but the early speculation is that one of the team’s current assistant GM’s, either Mark Hunter or Kyle Dubas, will receive a promotion to the GM position.