Lou Lamoriello will not return as GM

Long Island Lou Lamoriello? Don’t rule out one last rescue

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that general manager Lou Lamoriello will not return in the role next season. "This morning I informed Lou that I was not going to deviate from that course of action".

Shanahan adds that he will now focus all of his attention towards making a decision regarding the team's next general manager.

Shanahan and Lamoriello are expected to hold a conference call with reporters at 1 p.m. ET.

The Maple Leafs set franchise records for points (105) and wins (49) in the regular season, Auston Matthews found his scoring touch amid injury woes, and goalie Frederik Andersen set a franchise record for wins in a season with 38.

"I wish I could give you that answer", Lamoriello said. Toronto could have to replace as many as three centres next year, with Tyler Bozak, Dominic Moore and Tomas Plekanec all unrestricted free agents.

Reports in Sweden say the Maple Leafs are on the verge of signing 26-year-old centre Par Lindholm.

Lamoriello and Shanahan have had a close relationship since the former drafted the latter into the Devils organization in the 1987 National Hockey League entry draft.

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The Hockey Hall of Famer also served as GM of the American team that won the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

It's assumed that there would be some kind of out-clause - either now in the contract or one that could be negotiated - if Lamoriello approached Shanahan and said he had another opportunity to be a GM.

In a statement, Shanahan said Lamoriello, 75, would transition to a senior adviser role. "Just handling one thing at a time".

"His leadership in helping establish a cultural foundation, as well as his invaluable mentorship to everyone in this organization, has been instrumental", Shanahan said of Lamoriello.

Likely the biggest lure for Lamoriello to come to the rescue is that his son, Chris, has worked as Snow's assistant GM since August of 2016. "Lou Lamoriello's influence on everyone here will felt for a long time".

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.

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