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:
Lamoriello also seemed to imply that he didn't necessarily see this as a short-term thing. Contract term is three years.
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.
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.
Josh Harris says no plans to hire a new team president at this point.
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:
Lamoriello uncertain if he’ll return behind Devils’ bench vs. Avs
“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.