Ever since Monday’s news that the Toronto Maple Leafs will NOT be bringing back Lou Lamoriello as the team’s general manager for 2018-19, Leafs fans and media have been preoccupied with just who WILL be the team’s next GM.
Early indications are that Leafs president Brendan Shanahan will promote one of the team’s assistant GM’s, either Mark Hunter or Kyle Dubas, to the GM position, but there are certainly other intriguing candidates. Steve Yzerman has been linked to the job, despite how crazy that sounds. Head coach Mike Babcock has even been posited as a potential candidate.
The person forgotten in all of this however is Lamoriello himself. On Monday, Shanahan announced that while Lamoriello will no longer be responsible for team personnel decisions, he’ll stay with the Leafs in a senior advisory position… for now. Most analysts feel however that the 75 year old Lamoriello won’t be comfortable in a reduced role. Should another management opportunity with another franchise arise, don’t be surprised if Lamoriello jumps ship.
New York Islanders beat reporter Arthur Staple reports that Lamoriello could be a good fit should owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky decide to move away from current GM Garth Snow.
With the news that Lou Lamoriello is out as Leafs GM, we will see what Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky decide to do. As I and others have said, it makes sense given former Lamoriello people in #Isles front office and a close relationship with Garth Snow.
It’s also worth pointing out that Lamoriello’s son, Chris Lamoriello, is director of player personnel with the Islanders.
It’s good that Lou L is sort of a free agent. #Isles ownership should speak with him. Great man, hockey exec. But if Lou doesn’t work out, it’s okay. What NYI need most is a completely fresh voice who can clean up the Snow mess and lead the franchise for a long time.
Nothing official, but you have to imagine that where there’s smoke, there’s fire? One thing's for sure, if Lamoniello's past three years in Toronto are indication, the old dog still has a few tricks up his sleeve.