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Lou Lamoriello

Full autonomy: Lamoriello’s place in Leafs’ chain of command


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:

Lamoriello’s departure removes any doubt: Devils are Shero’s team

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Lou Lamoriello becoming the Toronto Maple Leafs’ new GM wasn’t just a surprise to New Jersey Devils fans. Executives didn’t see it coming, either.

Principal owner Josh Harris told the press that he found out “very recently” that Lamoriello wasn’t happy about a power-sharing situation with new GM Ray Shero.

“When you’re used to having absolute control of an organization… it was a different situation,” Harris said of Lamoriello, according to the Newark Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere.

Shero is the new sheriff in town

Speaking of absolute power, it sounds like Shero will clearly be the man in charge, rather than dealing with more of a transition with Lamoriello as president. Harris said that he doesn’t feel the need to hire a new team president after this stunning departure.

Shero admitted that he was “surprised” that Lamoriello left for Toronto.

What’s next for New Jersey?

While Harris made the typical overtures about the team being willing to spend, it indeed sounds like the franchise may play it tight and rebuild:

As far as team-building goes, this is quite clearly Shero’s unquestioned regime now, but some other executive matters may be a collective effort.

Harris admits that he’ll miss Lamoriello, yet maybe pictures like these provide a decent argument that it might be best for everyone to remove such a looming, overwhelming presence. At least if they want to make some changes:

source: AP
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Lamoriello uncertain if he’ll return behind Devils’ bench vs. Avs

Lou Lamoriello

For the first time since taking over as head coach in December Lou Lamoriello watched from the press box as the Devils fell 6-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

According to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record, the 72-year-old is uncertain of whether he’ll return behind the New Jersey bench tonight when the Devils visit the Colorado Avalanche.

“I think there’s been enough discussion on that as far as what I can and can’t do there,” Lamoriello said. “There’s things that you can find out from both areas because there’s a different viewpoint. It’s not that you don’t have that. It’s just a decision of what’s going to be best going forward.”

As for what he saw in the loss Tuesday, Lamoriello said, “We got outchanced, we got outmuscled and we were beat to the puck.They were a desperate team and mentally, I thought, we did some things that I haven’t seen us do for quite a while. So, we just have to respond to that.”

Colorado (30-26-11) won the only other meeting of the season 3-2 on Nov. 15.

The Avs remain mathematically in the hunt for a wild card spot in the Western Conference, but their playoff hopes took a blow in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the L.A. Kings.

Colorado trails Winnipeg for the second wild card spot by seven points with both teams having played the same amount of games.