No timetable for Leafs' GM search, Lamoriello to stay on as advisor

The Toronto Maple Leafs say that Lou Lamoriello will not return as general manager next season. THE CANADIAN PRESS  Cole Burston

Brendan Shanahan made the announcement on Monday.

"My responsibility is right here with the Toronto Maple Leafs", said Lamoriello. The Maple Leafs set franchise records for points and wins in the regular season, but were eliminated in seven games by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs last week.

The former National Hockey League forward has continued to oversee Toronto's pro scouting, amateur scouting and player evaluation departments and is credited for the team's successful drafts in recent years that have seen several players graduate to the National Hockey League, including forward Mitch Marner (fourth overall in 2015), defenceman Travis Dermott (34th, 2015) and star centre Auston Matthews (No. 1 overall in 2016).

In Lamoriello's three seasons in charge, the Leafs made the playoffs the last two seasons, the first time the club had advanced to the post-season in consecutive years since 2002 and 2003.

With Nylander, Matthews and Marner all requiring contract extensions in the next 14 months, there's a tall task ahead for any new general manager to take on.

"He worked in an environment where he came here and there was a team of people here already assembled and he fit in as their leader seamlessly", Shanahan said. "Lou Lamoriello's influence on everyone (in Toronto) will felt for a long time".

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That influence would project to extend onto Dubas as well.

Snow is also known to be rather friendly with the elder Lamoriello, who is now 75 years old after making his name winning three Stanley Cups with the Devils.

He'll have an opportunity to win a bottom-six role with the Leafs next season.

Hunter, 55, joined the Maple Leafs as player-personnel director in October 2014 and was promoted to assistant GM in August 2016. Gino talks about the ripple effect in the Leafs front office created by today's decision. Monday was about honouring the past, and bracing for the future.

Upon his arrival, Lamoriello took over a Leafs team that had finished second-last in the Atlantic Division - and although the franchise finished 30th overall in his first year on the job in Toronto as he evaluated the state of the team, it wasn't long after that when tangible results began to be seen and the Buds made notable movement up the Eastern Conference standings.

"One of the things Lou and I talked about today and I expressed to him was how fortunate I felt", Shanahan said.

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