Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello is known as one of the most secretive men in hockey. No wait… scratch that, he’s known as THE most secretive man in hockey. The veteran general manager is notoriously tight lipped regarding team personnel decisions including contract negotiations and trade discussions.
It should come as no surprise then that Lamoriello has neglected to comment on the ongoing speculation regarding his future as Leafs GM. Ever since Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported back in January that Lamoriello is in the final year of his deal, fans and analysts have speculated on whether or not the 75 year old Hockey Hall of Famer will return for another season with the Leafs or whether the team will elect to go another route. Leafs sssistant GM’s Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas both appear to be frontrunners for the promotion, should the team cut ties with Lamoriello.
This morning, Lamoriello met with the Toronto media for the final time before returning home for the offseason and was asked point blank whether or not he’ll be back as Leafs GM next season.
Friedman’s colleague at Sportsnet Chris Johnston asked, “Do you want to be Leafs GM next season?” Lamoriello’s response, as you might imagine, was more than a little cryptic.
Come on, Lou! Give us something!
When asked why he wouldn’t comment, Lamoriello simply offered up the following:
So… he’s neglecting to comment on his no comment statement?
Iced out by Lou again…
Lamoriello also refused to address the futures of pending unrestricted free agents James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov, but head coach Mike Babcock wasn’t at a loss for words, saying that the players should “explore all options.”
Mike Babcock said of #Leafs pending UFAs that they worked hard to put themselves in the position they’re in and they should explore all options. Doesn’t think #Leafs are out of the mix but “business is business.”
Interesting times in Toronto. With so much up in the air, it’ll be a fascinating offseason to follow given the pivotal stage that the team is at in their development. Do they take a step forward or a step back in 2018-19?