Would Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello take lesser role with team?

The Hockey Night panel discuss some of the news around the NHL looking at Lou Lamoriello and if he will still be with the Maple Leafs next season. An update on the Seattle expansion and whether or not Joe Thornton will return this NHL season.

An intriguing subplot to the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ season has been the future of general manager Lou Lamoriello. It has been previously reported that he’s in the final season of a three-year contract, but that might not be entirely accurate.

“Technically, I don’t think that Lou Lamoriello is in the last year of his contract,” said Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman during Saturday’s Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “I think there is term, but the question is, is the term as general manager or is there anther role that he will take in the organization?”

The 75-year-old Lamoriello joined the Maple Leafs in July 2015 following a long stint with the New Jersey Devils that produced three Stanley Cup championships.

According to the Headlines panel, there have been whispers since last summer that a meeting took place where it was stated to Maple Leafs brass that this would be Lamoriello’s last season as GM. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos suggested assistant GM Kyle Dubas could be an option to take over.

“The question is: Would Lou Lamoriello take a lesser role to extend that contract obligation or would he rather just leave?” Kypreos asked.

Added Friedman: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in an advisory role for a couple more years.”

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