How would a front office that once pondered not naming a GM at all handle the addition of an executive who’s accustomed to wielding Zeus-like control?
When the shock of the Toronto Maple Leafs naming Lou Lamoriello as their new general manager wore off, people began wondering how, exactly, everything would work. It seems simple enough, though: Lamoriello will wield the typical stopping power of a GM, answering only to Brendan Shanahan, as TSN noted from his presser:
“That’s what I’m told,” Lamoriello said. “I report to Brendan. And the other people report to me.”
While Lamoriello noted that he’s “not going to be here for a lifetime,” the 72-year-old’s three-year contract is at least part of the argument against this being a transitional hire (with young assistant GM Kyle Dubas potentially taking the reins).
Instead, it sounds the future of that executive position is quite open-ended:
It’s truly been a drastic couple of years of changes with Shanahan in charge, as the team replaced Randy Carlyle with Mike Babcock, Dave Nonis with Lamoriello, seemed to do a 180 on analytics and even traded Phil Kessel.
As much as executives preach patience, it’s tough to shake the feeling that the drama’s just starting.
Here’s video of the press conference:
The Anaheim Ducks filled out their coaching staff on Tuesday with the hiring of Paul MacLean, now they’re looking to add to the their front office.
According to hockey insider Darren Dreger, the Toronto Maple Leafs have granted the Ducks permission to hire Dave Nonis as an advisor.
Nonis was fired by the Leafs along with interim head coach Peter Horachek on April 12.
The 49-year-old joined the organization as the club’s senior vice-president and director of hockey operations in December 2008. When Brian Burke was fired in January 2013, Nonis was promoted to the GM’s role.
Under Nonis’ leadership the Leafs qualified for the playoffs once in three seasons.
Nonis previously held the title of senior advisor of hockey operations with the Anaheim Ducks from June to December of 2008.
Current Ducks GM Bob Murray and Nonis have worked together previously with the Ducks and the Vancouver Canucks.
Nonis was first linked to Anaheim last month by the Vancouver Sun.
Peter Chiarelli is already at work assessing the Edmonton Oilers depth chart.
The newly appointed President of Hockey Operations and GM of the Oilers was reportedly at prospect Leon Draisaitl’s game with the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night. With Chiarelli on the scouting trip was former GM Craig MacTavish.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Chiarelli has asked MacTavish to remain with the club at a position, which has yet to be defined. Chiarelli is also expected to meet with current Oilers’ head coach Todd Nelson in the coming days.
Friedman reports that prior to Chiarelli taking the Oilers job, the Leafs called the 50-year-old to gauge his interest in the in the Toronto vacancy.
The Leafs fired GM Dave Nonis along with interim head coach Peter Horachek and several scouts on April 12.
Leafs’ President Brendan Shanahan is also reportedly interested in both Sean Burke and George McPhee for GM role. The pair are currently part of Team Canada’s management staff for the upcoming World Hockey Championship.