It was a big day for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, as the organization named its 17th general manager in history when Kyle Dubas took over for Lou Lamoriello in the front office. The longtime hockey executive has been moved into a senior advisor role in Toronto after three seasons from the general manager spot, but it does not seem to content him.
According to John Shannon of Hockey Central on Sporsnet, Lamoriello is being called by another Eastern conference team to work as an executive. Shannon confirms that the New York Islanders and Lamoriello are now talking about a position within that organization.
While Lamoriello did say he would honour his contract and take an advisory role after his three years as GM in Toronto, the offer might be too good to refuse in New York. It is well known around the National Hockey League that Lamoriello’s preference was to remain the GM, and now the opportunity with the Islanders might be the perfect match.
Back in April, Chris Botta of SNY’s Point Blank reported that Islanders co-owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky were currently searching for a “top executive to join the Islanders’ hockey operations department.”
According to Botta, current Isles GM Garth Snow would stay on board as the club’s President, or he could be given another title.
What makes even more sense for Lamoriello to join the Islanders is that his son, Chris, has been the Islanders’ assistant GM since August 2016 after previously working under his father in the New Jersey Devils’ organization.
And this might not be the only issue in the front office for the Leafs. After Dubas was promoted to GM, there is chatter that assistant GM Mark Hunter is not pleased with the Maple Leafs’ decision and could be on the move as well.
Hunter played for five teams during his 12-year NHL career and after retirement, became a successful coach in junior hockey. He also served as owner, vice-president, and general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights. He joined the Leafs in 2014 as the director of player personnel.
"I’m hopeful that everyone here will want to remain a part of it,” Dubas said in his press conference.
There are already rumors that rival NHL teams are salivating at the prospect of luring Hunter away form the Maple Leafs. Let’s not forget the Minnesota Wild is still looking for a GM to replace Chuck Fletcher…
Trouble in paradise it seems…