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Lou Lamoriello will not return as GM
May 23 2018, 01:21 | Van Peters
Fantasy Hockey Breaking News
The Maple Leafs announced Monday that GM Lou Lamoriello would be moving to a role as the organization's senior advisor, and that team president Brendan Shanahan was beginning the search for a new GM.
In a news release, Shanahan says he informed Lamoriello this morning that he was not going to deviate from that plan.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lou for his tireless work over the last three years as general manager", Shanahan said. Shanahan and Lamoriello both took time on the conference call to reflect about their relationship, one that began when Shanahan was the second overall pick by the Devils in 1987, and carried on over the five seasons he spent in his career there under Lamoriello.
"I wish I could give you that answer", Lamoriello said.
Lamoriello, 75, wouldn't discuss his future with Toronto during Friday's season-ending news conference, stating he wasn't focused on himself at the moment.
Under Lamoriello's guidance, the Maple Leafs went 118-95-33 over the last three seasons.
BC-HKN-Maple Leafs-Lamoriello, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 398 Maple Leafs' Lamoriello will not return as GM next seasonAP Photo CLB115Eds: Updates. Reports said the Leafs had spoken to Futa in the past about their GM position, and he was also named in the Sabres' search.
Lamoriello relinquished his role as Devils GM as Ray Shero was hired to replace him on May 4, 2015, but remained the team president, saying at that time he had been considering stepping aside for a while. "So I'm just handling one thing at a time".
Lou Lamoriello is no longer the Maple Leafs general manager. "His leadership in helping establish a cultural foundation, as well as his invaluable mentorship to everyone in this organization, has been instrumental in our development".
Lamoriello's possible availability provided a glimmer of hope that the Islanders could swoop in and grab the Hall of Famer considering he has connections to the team.
In May 2017, the Maple Leafs granted Colorado permission to talk with Dubas, who was working as GM and alternate governor of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.
Tim Horton's That's Hockey Host Gino Reda talked to Scott MacArthur about the Leafs decision not to bring back Lou Lamoriello as Leafs GM next season.