In case you missed last night’s Saturday Headlines segment on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman offered an update on the ongoing “will he or won’t he?” scenario facing the Toronto Maple Leafs and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
“There have been whispers out there that going back to last summer, there was a meeting where it was stated out loud in a group setting that this would be Lou Lamoriello's last season as the Leafs' general manager,” reported Friedman’s colleague Chris Johnston last week.
It’s been widely speculated that Lamoriello is playing out the final year of his contract before determining what his future holds. But, Friedman reported last week that he isn’t so sure that Lamoriello is done with the Leafs entirely.
"Technically, I don't think Lou Lamoriello is in the last year of his contract," said Friedman. "There is term. The question is, ‘Is the term as general manager, or is there another role he will take in the organization?’, Technically I don't think he's in the last year of his deal."
"I wouldn't be surprised if he's in an advisory role for a couple more years," Friedman says.
Last night, Leafs president Brendan Shanahan elected to make a public statement on the situation and essentially just kicked the can further on down the road.
Check it out:
“No decisions have been made. I haven’t spoken to any of the particulars. We are concentrating on the rest of the season and the playoffs. Any decisions about the organization won’t be made until after the season is over.”
Friedman then pointed to one of Lamoniello’s most infamous quotes saying, ““Lou Lamoriello has a saying, ‘If you have time, use it,’” said Friedman. “And that’s what Shanahan seems to be subscribing to.”
Another one of Friedman’s Sportsnet colleagues, Nick Kypreos, took issue with the quote, effectively calling it a smoke screen.
“I can appreciate the quote, but I also think it’s rather inconsistent in the way that Brendan Shanahan has led the Toronto Maple Leafs in the last four years,” said Kypreos. “Let’s face it. Since day one, this guy has had a plan, and there’s no signs whatsoever that he’s deviated from that plan.
“So maybe, just maybe, what is consistent is that he’s already made his decision, but to respect the people around him, he’s going to keep it quiet until he’s ready to go public with it, as he said, at the end of the season.”
Leafs sign son of former NHL enforcer Bryan Marchment
Looks like the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree… could this kid be the Leafs’ next Matt Martin?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have officially announced that they’ve signed 22-year-old forward Mason Marchment to a two-year, entry level contract.
The Uxbridge, Ontario native has been playing with the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, since the 2015-16 season. He's also played with the Orlando Solar Bears, in the East Coast Hockey League.
The 6 foot 4, 200 pound left winger, amassed nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 37 games this season. If Marchment’s name sounds familiar it’s because he’s the son of former infamous NHL enforcer Bryan Marchment.
The elder Marchment played over 900 games in the NHL split between the Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Hartford Whalers, Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames and the Leafs, scoring just 40 goals and 182 points but amassing an incredible 2307 penalty minutes. Marchment was a feared fighter and, frankly, dirty hitter during his NHL days and made enemies wherever he went. If his son can inspire half the amount of anger and frustration from his opponents that his father managed, he’ll have one heck of an NHL career in front of him.