Lou Lamoriello is out as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Monday.
“Three years ago, Lou and I agreed on a contract that would see him serve as general manager of the Maple Leafs for three years and then transition to senior adviser for the following four years,” president and alternate governor Brendan Shanahan said. “This morning I informed Lou that I was not going to deviate from that course of action. I will now focus all of my attention towards making a decision regarding our next general manager.”
Lamoriello became the 16th general manager of the Maple Leafs in July of 2015 after resigning as president of the New Jersey Devils. He was on board when the franchise secured the top draw in the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery and picked Auston Matthews with their first overall selection.
This season was Lamoriello’s third with the club and the Maple Leafs did relatively well. They finished third in the Atlantic Division but couldn’t see their way out of the first round of the playoffs. They fell to the Boston Bruins in seven games.
Lamoriello, true to the contract, with remain with Toronto in an adviser role. This is similar to how the Maple Leafs approached Cliff Fletcher after the 2008 hiring of Brian Burke. The Silver Fox transitioned to an adviser role and still holds it to this day.
Shanahan and the Maple Leafs have not announced any timetable with regard to signing a new general manager, but there is some indication that they’ll go in-house. That could put current assistant managers Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas on the list.
Dubas is an intriguing choice. He’s only 32-years-old and has already served as interim general manager of the Maple Leafs after the firing of Dave Nonis in 2015. At the age of 25, Dubas was named the general manager of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Hunter has 628 games of NHL experience as a player under his belt and also has some coaching experience. He also spent a dozen years in the London Knights front office and was named director of player personnel for the Maple Leafs in 2014. He served as interim general manager alongside Dubas after the Nonis firing.