The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that general manager Lou Lamoriello will not return in the role next season.
“Three years ago, Lou and I agreed on a contract that would see him serve as general manager of the Maple Leafs for three years and then transition to senior advisor for the following four years,” Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a news release. “This morning I informed Lou that I was not going to deviate from that course of action. I will now focus all of my attention towards making a decision regarding our next general manager.”
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. The Leafs lost in the first round in both but remain poised for more with a young core to its roster.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lou for his tireless work over the last three years as general manager,” Shanahan said. “His leadership in helping establish a cultural foundation, as well as his invaluable mentorship to everyone in this organization, has been instrumental in our development.”
Shanahan and Lamoriello are expected to hold a conference call with reporters at 1 p.m. ET.