Maple Leafs GM Lamoriello will not return next season
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 01, 2018,
May 01, 2018, 6:42
Shanahan adds that he will now focus all of his attention towards making a decision regarding the team's next general manager. Coach Mike Babcock, Shanahan and the rest of the team expected more this year after getting back to the postseason a year ago.
There has been much speculation about whether one of the Maple Leafs' assistant GMs, Kyle Dubas or Mark Hunter, would take over as the team's new GM, but once again, MLSE remained tight-lipped as Shanahan would not confirm whether the team will consider any external candidates.
Lamoriello's contract in that capacity expired after the 2017-18 campaign, and he made mention at his year-end press conference of letting the situation "take its course" without committing to a future with the team.
Under general manager and team president Garth Snow, the inconsistent and mediocre Islanders haven't been able to attain any sort of continued success, which could lead to the departure of their star captain John Tavares, who is a free agent this summer.
Team President Brendan Shanahan said Monday he was sticking to a plan that called for the 75-year-old Lamoriello to serve as GM for three years and then transition to senior adviser for four years. Lamoriello has served as the GM of the Leafs for the last three years.
Shanahan told media Monday he did not have a timetable for hiring a new GM, but with Lamoriello staying on as an advisor, the transition between Lamoriello and his replacement will be smooth and productive. "I haven't even given it any thought". He also selected Auston Matthews with the first overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.
In Lamoriello's second season as GM, the Leafs improved by 11 wins in the standings and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in four seasons; and this past season, Toronto set a franchise record for standings points (105) while winning 49 games and pushing the Boston Bruins to seven games in their first-round playoff series this spring. "Lou Lamoriello's influence on everyone (in Toronto) will felt for a long time". Dubas had been the general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Lamoriello spent 27 seasons as Devils GM before stepping down in May 2015 and joining the Maple Leafs in their rebuilding effort. "Over the past three years to have the opportunity to travel and have several conversations, you get to know the man on a different level".