Lou Lamoriello is no longer the Maple Leafs’ general manager.
But despite last week’s media speculation that Lamoriello could be a candidate to join the Islanders in an executive role if his three-season tenure as Toronto GM were up, the former Devils president and GM said on Monday that it is his intention to remain in an advisory role with the Maple Leafs.
“First of all, my responsibility is right here with the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Lamoriello, 75, said on a conference call Monday after it was announced that he will not continue as the team’s GM.
Lamoriello’s contract with the Maple Leafs included three seasons as the GM and four additional seasons as a senior adviser to president Brendan Shanahan.
“I made an agreement and a decision three years ago, and it is my intent to honor that,” Lamoriello said. “It was this morning Brendan and I had a conversation. Really, there are no other thoughts in my mind at this point.”
Still, Lamoriello’s history may indicate otherwise.
He relinquished his role as Devils GM when Ray Shero was hired to replace him on May 4, 2015, but he remained the team president, saying at that time that he had been considering stepping aside for a while.
However, Lamoriello’s reduced role did not last long. He left the Devils to become the Maple Leafs’ GM on July 23, 2015.
Lamoriello would not speculate about his long-term future with the Maple Leafs on the conference call.
“I wish I could give you that answer,” he said. “I haven’t even given it any thought. If your health is good, you feel good and you enjoy the people . . . and that would be the intent.”
Lamoriello does have ties to the Islanders. His son Chris has been the Islanders’ assistant GM since August 2016. The organization’s goaltending development coach, Chris Terreri, was a Devils goalie twice during Lamoriello’s tenure in New Jersey.
Islanders ownership has said it is reviewing the hockey operations department. Garth Snow has been the GM since July 18, 2006, but the Islanders have made the playoffs only four times during his tenure, winning one series in 2016. The Isles missed the postseason the following two seasons.