The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Lou Lamoriello their new General Manager.
Well that’s a shocker! Lamoriello resigned from the New Jersey Devils after a 28 year run with the team as he was the face of the franchise. The Devils hired Ray Shero to replace Lamoriello as their GM in May and Lamoriello was to stay on as the team president but apparently his plans have changed. The Maple Leafs get a top GM who is highly regarded in NHL circles (and who has won three Stanley Cups as the man in charge of the Devils) as they continue to build from the top on down.
Lamoriello first joined the Devils as President and General Manager in 1987. Under his leadership, New Jersey went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 21 times, won nine division titles, went to the Stanley Cup Final five times and won the Cup on three occasions (1995, 2000 and 2003). The Devils also made 13 consecutive post-season berths from 1997-2010 and finished with a winning record every season from 1992-93 through 2009-10.
It is now official, with this hiring the Toronto Maple Leafs now possess one of the most sought after group of off-ice hockey minds ever assembled. Everyone is charge of the success of this team is highly respected in the hockey world. GM/coach/ front-office.
Without being said, the spotlight will shine even brighter on the players now. The Toronto media, will be even more vicious towards the players than they already are, if there is no results. Simply because you cannot blame mistakes on bone-headed managerial decisions.
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