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Video- The New York Islanders Had Two Good Days At The NHL Draft

Just ask the GM.

 

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With Lou Lamoriello In Complete Charge, Will John Tavares Stay?

from Pat Hickey of th Montreal Gazette,

Lamoriello’s arrival last month revived hopes that the Islanders would be able to retain Tavares’ services. He is in line to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and he is expected to be the most sought-after player on the market.

While Tuesday’s developments are welcome news to the long suffering Islanders fans, they are a blow to fans in Montreal, Toronto, San Jose and other teams hoping to add the all-star centre.

While teams can’t make a formal pitch to free agents until June 24, you can bet that the Canadiens and other teams have been putting together packages that might be attractive to Tavares. Money is believed to be a secondary consideration — Tavares will attract offers in US$10-million range wherever he signs — with Tavares looking for a team that’s ready to win.

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Lou Lamoriello Named President Of Hockey Operations For The New York Islanders

from the New York Isanders,

The New York Islanders announced today the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as President of Hockey Operations. He will have full authority over all hockey matters with the organization. 

"We are grateful to Larry Tanenbaum and the Toronto Maple Leafs for their courtesy in allowing this move," Managing Partner of the Islanders, Scott Malkin said. "We are committed to giving Lou every resource and the full support of the entire organization as we pursue our program to compete at the highest level." 

"I am excited to join such a storied franchise and look forward to working with Scott Malkin and the entire New York Islanders organization," Lamoriello said. 

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Lou Lamoriello Is In Charge

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The title at this point is unclear, but the authority granted to Lou Lamoriello by Islanders ownership is absolute. He and he alone will determine the fate of general manager Garth Snow. He and he alone will determine whether Doug Weight will get another crack at it behind the bench.

Lamoriello, whom we’re told on good authority received permission no later than the beginning of last week from the Maple Leafs to leave his do-nothing assignment as senior adviser in order to speak with owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky, is the decider. All hockey department personnel decisions — as well as all player personnel decisions — will run through Lamoriello.

No one will be saved by a poison pill that might have been inserted in his contract by previous majority owner Charles Wang, who always seemed to have some sort of side game going when he was in control. Bet your bottom dollar there will be no side games run out of Lamoriello’s office.

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Lou Lamoriello Will Be Working For The New York Islanders

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The Lou Lamoriello Talk And The New York Islanders

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The well-worn seat underneath Garth Snow is unquestionably warming up.

The much-maligned Islanders general manager now is in the direct line of fire with ownership going above his head to speak to the legendary Lou Lamoriello about some sort of front-office job, as reported on by two Canadian news outlets Friday night.

Lamoriello, the legendary former GM for the Devils as they won three Stanley Cups, just had his role with the Maple Leafs change from GM to special adviser. He was replaced as GM on Friday by young Kyle Dubas, and it has been reported Lamoriello would like out of his contract that would keep him as an adviser for the next three years.

Lamoriello had the same role as an overseer with the Devils when they hired Ray Shero as the GM in 2015, but he lasted only one year before taking on the challenge of rebuilding the Maple Leafs.

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Evening Line- Steve Simmons

In his time running the Leafs, Lamoriello did more than his job. He may not have been millenial friendly or player agent friendly — some Leafs felt strangled by their surroundings and the lack of personality tolerated — but over three years he exceeded whatever the job description and the expectations may have been.

Lou Lamoriello has reason to be upset. He did his job well. He hasn’t lost a step.

There was no need, Shanaplan aside, to replace him now.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.  More on this topic.

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Lou Lamoriello Done In Toronto As GM

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Can You See Lou Lamoriello Taking Over The New York Islanders?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

What Would Lou Lamoriello Do if the Maple Leafs believe it’s time to move one of hockey’s legendary executives out of the general manager’s chair onto a comfy adviser’s couch in order to slide either Kyle Dubas or Mark Hunter in the lead role?

Would Lamoriello willingly recede into the background for the first time in his career — first time in his adult life, really — and smell the roses while basking in the affection of his adored grandchildren?

Or would he seek to conquer a new frontier by taking over the operation on Long Island in order to rescue the shipwrecked franchise and restore it to its long-ago historical greatness?

I wouldn’t bet so much as toonie against it.

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Let Lou Lamoriello Do His Job

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This Leafs team is deeper, stronger, more talented, more naturally skilled than any team post 1967. So why let Lamoriello go — or push him out — even if he happens to be turning 76 in the fall?

He hasn’t lost a step, which might have been assumed when he came here three years ago. He hasn’t lost track of the league, what it takes to win, what matters to him (even though some of his rules may seem archaic).

And as someone who knows Lamoriello better than anyone, Lamoriello won’t settle for some kind of meaningless title going forward, giving him control over nothing. He has played that game in New Jersey once with a promotion that didn’t mean anything. That didn’t work. It prompted his surprising departure from the Devils organization.

Why not run the course with Lamoriello, who doesn’t want to go anywhere? He loves this team, this city, and while he’d never say so, he’s awfully proud of what has been accomplished here. An old friend of Lamoriello’s said he has never seen him happier or more relaxed.

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Whatever happened to all the talk from last season of Ken Holland being close to a sure thing to replace Lamoriello?

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Lou Lamoriello Is On The Last Year Of His Contract

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The most intriguing impending free-agent season for any member of the Toronto Maple Leafs arguably belongs to the man in the big chair.

Lou Lamoriello found himself in the final year of his contract as the team opened training camp on Thursday morning after going through the off-season without receiving an extension, sources tell Sportsnet.

The veteran general manager remains on the original three-year deal he signed with Toronto in the summer of 2015. His future, and a potential front-office succession plan, could become a significant subplot around the team in the months ahead.

Of course, the Leafs and Lamoriello will do whatever they can to keep it a footnote.

Senior members of the organization generally refuse to discuss their contracts as a matter of course. In fact, there’s no guarantee a public announcement would even accompany a new deal at the executive level – although sources insist that hasn’t happened with Lamoriello to date.

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Brendan Shanahan’s plan for the Leafs in progress

From the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle:

Two years after Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment made a controversial bet on Shanahan – who had never worked for an NHL team in any capacity – what he will say is that he feels the Leafs are ahead of where he expected them to be.

He has a top coach in Mike Babcock, with a Stanley Cup and Olympic-gold pedigree. He has an experienced general manager in his 73-year-old mentor Lou Lamoriello, working on transactions. He has an up-and-coming executive in Kyle Dubas, managing the minor leagues (where the Toronto Marlies finished at the top of the standings), a renowned bird dog in director of player personnel in Mark Hunter and a cap guru in Brandon Pridham.

After the weekend, Shanahan also has 18-year-old wunderkind Auston Matthews, the projected star centre the Leafs selected first overall at the entry draft in Buffalo.

It’s a start.

“I had an idea before I even accepted the job of what needed to happen in Toronto,” Shanahan said in a wide-ranging conversation with The Globe and Mail about the rebuild the Leaf organization is undergoing. “But because I’ve gotten support [from ownership], things have fallen into place a little bit quicker. Other people have bought into it and come aboard.

“In each of my [hiring] meetings – whether it’s been with Mike Babcock or Lou Lamoriello or Kyle Dubas, Mark Hunter, Brandon Pridham – my approach has been honesty. ‘This is who we are. We need your help. We have a long way to go.’ But I like some of the early signs. And we’ve had some luck, obviously, with the lottery draft. It was nice to have a little bit of luck on our side, as well.”

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All Lou Lamoriello

from Adam Proteau of the Leafs' website,

MapleLeafs.com: You’ve been in Toronto for almost a year now. What have you learned about the market that you may not have known before?

Lou Lamoriello: Well, I don't know if it's what I didn't know about it, it was more reaffirming what I thought it was all about: the passion of the fans for the Maple Leafs, and the amount of people who are aware of the sport. I always thought there was a lot, but it's like everywhere, and anyone. And also, the coverage is what I expected, which is similar to Stanley Cup coverage.

MapleLeafs.com: When you look back at the 2015-16 season, the general consensus in the press box was that, whether it was affected by injuries, trades or other roster movements, you really didn't see any change in effort from the team from game-to-game. Is that a credit to the work we saw from Leafs head coach Mike Babcock and Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe?

Lou Lamoriello: Without question. Right from the first day of training camp, Mike established what would be happening, Sheldon spent plenty of time with Mike at that time, he was very open with all coaches (in the organization). And the culture was set with what was going to happen on that ice. The players followed, bought into it, and consistently did that throughout the year.

There was never a question for me that that would happen. And what it allowed us to do certainly was to see how many embraced it, and how many improved on it, because the word is accountability: their accountability to what's asked, their accountability to themselves, and certainly, to the organization.

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Lou Lamoriello The Conductor

 

His favorite sone must be....

 

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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Opening Narrated By Lou Lamoriello

via Spoertsnet,

 

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Lou Lamoriello Won’t Play The “What If” Game

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

He says he won’t think about the possibility of drafting Auston Matthews first overall, the probability of Steven Stamkos’ availability in free agency, the opportunity left behind by the Maple Leafs new-found salary cap flexibility.

“I’m not even thinking about where we pick in the draft,” said Lamoriello in a lengthy exclusive conversation on Wednesday. “You plan for every possibility. You prepare. You never know what might come about.

“The thing you can’t do is jump ahead of yourself. I work very hard at not thinking that way. You can’t get wrapped up in ‘what if?’ (Last June’s draft and how close the Leafs came to Connor McDavid) is a great example of why you don’t get yourself wrapped up in that. You can’t have an idealist attitude, you need a realistic approach. I worry about today and tomorrow. That’s how I think. I’m not worried about next week, yet. We have an awful lot of work to do here.

“If you think this is easy, I can tell you, it’s not.”

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Under Lou Lamoriello

from Jonas Siegel of TSN,

Like a military unit, solidarity is established everywhere possible. Obvious are the changes in appearance of Leafs players. The beard of Roman Polak is gone. The longish locks of P.A. Parenteau have been trimmed. Any personal grooming details that separate the individual from the team (save for Movember moustaches) are no longer permissible.

Individuality has been dashed otherwise. Lupe's Troops, the game-night tribute to members of the Canadian military once presented by Joffrey Lupul (and Luke Schenn before that) became Leafs Troops when the regular season began. Phaneuf's Friends in the Captain's Corner – a charitable establishment from team captain Dion Phaneuf – was vanquished from the game-night presentation.

Other NHL clubs don't operate quite like this.

In Nashville, placards hung in the rafters of Bridgestone Arena for the charities of Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, Mike Ribeiro, Mike Fisher and Eric Nystrom. In Dallas, glossy cut-outs of Tyler Seguin sat on seats in the lower bowl before a game against the Leafs. The Stars winger was being celebrated and singled out.

Not so in Toronto under Lamoriello. The team, and not the individual, is the sole focus.

"I know one thing, teams will always win championships, but individual players will win games for you," said Lamoriello, a three-time Stanley Cup champion. "And I think what we're trying to establish here is to set a path toward the ability to win championships."

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Lou Lamoriello Faces A New Challenge

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

After what seemed a lifetime as grand emperor of the Devils, Lou Lamoriello made his first appearance at the Garden on Friday as general manager of the Maple Leafs.

“Re-energized is a good word [for how I feel],” Lamoriello said before his team was beaten 3-1 by the Blueshirts. “But that’s because of the challenge there.

“Toronto is Toronto. Toronto is hockey. I don’t apologize for saying that,” the GM said. “Toronto should be the Yankees of the NHL. That’s my feeling.”...

Lamoriello acted as sheriff, mayor and justice of the peace in New Jersey. But in Toronto, Shanahan is president. Mike Babcock, in place when Lamoriello was hired, is the coach whom the GM will not be firing.

“I’ve known Mike for a long time; you can throw Brendan in there, too,” Lamoriello said. “They’re very secure in their own skin.

“Everyone has an opinion, but as far as what people think and do, no one can ever come between the three of us.”

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All Lou Lamoriello

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

LeBrun: A good place to start: What's the adjustment been like after being with the Devils for so long, the way things were there, to coming here where things are obviously different?

Lamoriello: The people have been great. From the transition end of it, I couldn't have asked for more. As far as being different, naturally things are different. When you've been accustomed to doing things a certain way for so long, it's not saying they're right or wrong, you have to take time to see exactly what and how people are doing things.

LeBrun: Sometimes change is good; people can get complacent being somewhere too long. Do you feel re-energized?

Lamoriello: I do. I don't know if I got complacent by any means ... but right now, yeah, I feel good. I think coming to Toronto, the way the fans have been, the receptiveness, I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to be interesting. I know what the obstacles are, you have to be realistic. Some people have asked about the plan being long-term, that doesn't affect me if I don't see the fruits of it immediately. It's just being a part of the process and doing things and not worrying about the end results. Do all the things that are in your control to help it get to a point. That's what motivates you.

LeBrun: You beat me to an area I was going to touch on. In all the years you've been around, I don't remember you ever using the word "rebuild" --

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Lou Lamoriello’s Travel Policy

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Lamoriello might have won the first round, but in a rare show of unanimity, senior managers at both Bell and Rogers are unhappy with the policy. These are people who have the ears of Rogers Communications Inc. chief executive officer Guy Laurence and BCE Inc. CEO George Cope, who both sit on the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

One of those senior executives said Monday the issue of broadcasters riding on the team charter is not going away. He and his colleagues at the other telco do not want to see Lamoriello operate the Leafs the same way he ran the New Jersey Devils from 1987 to 2015, where even the most minor decisions required his stamp of approval. They plan to keep the pressure on the Leafs GM.

This could get mighty interesting because compromise is not something that comes easily to Lamoriello. And he’s an influential executive who has a long list of successful hockey people around the league who consider him a mentor. One of them is Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, who hired Lamoriello in the summer as part of a bid to transform the team from wealthy, soft loser to battle-hardened winner.

The owners are all in favour of a culture change driven by Shanahan, Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock. Up to a point. They believe it was all well and good for Lamoriello to operate the Devils much the same way he ran the sports programs at Providence College before that. But the Devils, despite all their success under Lamoriello, were not owned by two massive media companies, and their tickets were never the hardest to get in a rich, hockey-crazed market.

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Video- Lou Lamoriello Met With The Toronto Media Today

via Sportsnet,

Lou Lamoriello spoke to the media about how he’ll build the Maple Leafs slowly, and gave them a key piece of advice when it comes to playing for their new coach.

 

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Sitting down with a ‘fireside chat’ with Mike Babcock

From the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger:

In the first of this two-part series, the new Leafs coach sat down with the Toronto Sun to open up on a variety of topics, including Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri, Lamoriello and, most importantly, re-establishing the Maple Leafs brand in the hockey world.

“We’re an Original Six franchise that doesn’t hold our rightful place in the National Hockey league right now,” he says. “We will.”

How? Even Babcock is aware of the perception that, rightly or wrongly, some players don’t want to be play in Toronto, whether it’s because of the franchise’s recent futility or because of the fishbowl that comes with being a Leaf.

“Maybe not now,” he says confidently. “But they are going to come.

“What was the line in that movie Field of Dreams? ‘If you build it, they will come.’

“So, there ya go.”

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Simmons on the Leafs’ unstoppable forces, the NHL’s not-so-quiet summer and Ilitch’s health

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' sports notes...

Lou Lamoriello is an autocrat. Although, a former NHL general manager referred to him the other day as a dictator. Mike Babcock is somewhat of an autocrat as a coach. It’s his way or the highway. Jacques Lemaire is about as rigid as they come. What’s going to be fascinating is how these men of large minds, large egos, and total belief in their own ways find a way to work together. The Leafs could be way more interesting off the ice than on it ...

I see where young Auston Matthews, likely first pick in the 2016 NHL entry draft, will be paid $400,000 to play in Zurich this season. That’s slightly more than the going rate for under the table money in the OHL ...

The NHL’s summer? Superstar Patrick Kane investigated; Ryan O’Reilly arrested; Slava Voynov off to jail; Jarret Stoll caught with cocaine; Mike Richards, first investigated, then had his contract voided; And the Canadian dollar just keeps on dropping. And how was your summer? ...

This will surprise some Leaf fans: Dave Nonis, the fired general manager, had three offers to join NHL teams before deciding to take a senior consultant’s job with the Anaheim Ducks. Among the teams interested in Nonis were the Montreal Canadiens ...

And this one, we're familiar with in Metro Detroit, because far, far more of a stretch than it's made out to be in the out-of-town circles:

Many who admire Mike Ilitch, owner of the Red Wings and Tigers, are concerned about his ability to properly operate his franchises. Ilitch is 86, not in the best health, and there is a lot of family interference around him these days. The Dombrowski firing seemed odd as did the quick hiring of Alex Avila to replace him.

Simmons continues and comments on the Patrick Kane situation...

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Brodeur happy in St. Louis

Via the Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere, St. Louis Blues assistant GM Martin Brodeur had some interesting things to say to NHL.com's Arpon Basu regarding Lou Lamoriello leaving the Devils for Toronto, as well as Brodeur's own post-hockey career path:

Though he admits he hesitated about the decision to join the Blues on a more permanent basis because he wanted to return to work for the Devils, in retrospect he said he's happy with his decision.

"[The Blues] offered me the job, and I had to think about it a little bit," Brodeur said. "I would have liked to go back to New Jersey, so it took some time for me to make my decision. But for me to go back there after everything that's happened in New Jersey lately, I think I made the right move."

Brodeur said he did have an offer to work for the Devils, but it was not in a front office role and he preferred the offer from the Blues. In any case, with the changing of the guard under Shero, Brodeur feels less of an attachment to the Devils, who he played for 21 of his 22 NHL seasons.

"There's nothing bad that happened with the Devils, at least from my side of things anyway," Brodeur said. "With all the new faces over there, for me to walk into the arena in New Jersey now would be like walking into any team's arena for me because everyone is gone. It would be as if I was joining Pittsburgh instead."

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All About Lou Lamoriello

from Ken Daneyko at The Players' Tribune,

I’ve never told anyone this story until now, but during the second game of Lou’s tenure, we were playing in Toronto, and they were really giving it to us. One of Lou’s biggest frustrations with the team he inherited wasn’t just that we weren’t all that good, but that we’d get beat up and pushed around too much. In general, we didn’t carry ourselves in a way that demanded respect. At some point during the game against the Leafs, Claude Loiselle received an elbow to the head by Wendel Clark, a talented young player who was tough as nails. It looked bad, and Claude was woozy coming to bench.

After seeing that, I hopped over the boards for my shift and challenged Wendel to a fight at center ice. I don’t remember who won it, but I’m going to safely assume I took a few good shots.

We ended up losing the game, but afterwards Lou came up to me and stuck his hand out to shake mine, and I noticed he was gripping a couple of $100 bills. My eyes kind of widened and I looked at him seriously and said, “What’s this for?”

He goes, “I like what you did tonight. You stuck up for a teammate. Now take this and get yourself something nice.” I said, “That’s not necessary. This is my job.” Then Lou got a little hot, looked me in my eye and said (minus the expletives), “I want this team to understand that we’re in this together, thick and thin, on and off the ice. Read between the lines!”

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Lou Lamoriello’s Way

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

... with the coach Mike Babcock already hired and not the least bit intimidated about what the GM may or may not say or want to do and Brendan Shanahan evidently making the real calls in the organization, you have to wonder as to how effective he’ll be. After all, when he was in Jersey he was pretty much all powerful. What he said was law until the final days of his time there. In this case, it’s Babcock who holds all the power when it comes to running the team.

Lamoriello’s peculiar dictates ran the Devils and it made life miserable for many, which is why most players tried to get out of New Jersey as quickly as possible with the exception of lifers like Patrick Elias, Martin Brodeur and Ken Daneyko.

Who can forget Igor Larionov telling the story of how, at age 42, when he was finishing his career, he wasn’t supposed to have a glass of wine with his dinner the night before the game. And, as we know now given his involement in Napa, Iggy understandably took wine very seriously.

In the team pictures taken in civilian clothes, everyone had to wear the same color shirt and tie. Members of the media were not allowed to go into any of the coaches’ offices, even if invited, which they most assuredly were not but only because of Lou’s dictates. No player was allowed facial hair as he obviously considered them far too immature to be able to make their own personal choices.

Legend had it he had security cameras installed in the hallway so he could tell which player was talking with which reporter at all times.

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Wrapping Up The Lou Lamoriello Talk

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

In a Maple Leafs dressing room too often stuffed with inflated egos, personal agendas and a greater concern for personal stats rather than the overall standings, the arrivals of Mike Babcock and, now, Lou Lamoriello, are a sobering reality check for all concerned.

In being introduced as the 16th general manager in Maple Leafs history on Thursday, Lamoriello was candidly clear about that as he stated his mandate in this, his new hockey home.

He doesn’t care about how many points you accrue. He couldn’t give a rat’s rump over how many individual awards are shoe-horned into your trophy case. If you aren’t contributing to the greater good of the team, there really isn’t any room for you.

As an analogy, Lamoriello, 72, compared the makeup of a hockey team to that of a successful symphony orchestra.

“It’s all about music,” he said. “If the music isn’t good, no matter how good each and every instrument is, everybody leaves.”

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

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Another Big Change In Toronto

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

If you are going to sweep out the country-club atmosphere, as Shanahan and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Tim Leiweke promised, along with a lot of their predecessors, then there are no better people to do it than Lamoriello and Babcock. Both have definitive Type A personalities, both are demanding taskmasters and brook no nonsense.

When Lamoriello was asked about potential changes, he said change will come only if he decides it’s necessary after examining the organization. Then he said this: “The one thing that fundamentally will not change … is the word accountability.”

That was followed by something anyone who ever played for the Devils during Lamoriello’s 28 years that saw 21 playoff appearances, five conference championships and three Stanley Cups had heard many times. The kind of player he wants are those “willing to give up their own identity for that logo and never [mix] what’s on the back of the jersey for what’s on the front.”

Lamoriello, 72, also represents the missing piece of the picture Shanahan has been painting since he took the first year of his tenure to sit back and study this dysfunctional franchise. He is as old school as it gets, demanding shirts and ties at all times of team employees, but he is also one of the most respected men in the NHL. A long list of hockey people cite him as their primary mentor, from Shanahan to former Leafs GM Brian Burke and former Leafs head coach Ron Wilson, who both played for him at Providence College. There is no one in the NHL from commissioner Gary Bettman down who dares not to take Lamoriello’s calls.

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added 5:39pm, from Chris Stevenson at NHL.com,

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The Final Years Of Lou Lamoriello In New Jersey

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

Lamoriello should be applauded for what he did in his 28 years with the Devils, including five trips to the Stanley Cup Final, but he paved his own way out the door once ownership changed.

Here's why:

1. He stonewalled upper management's marketing attempts

As long as he was winning Stanley Cups and has past owners' support, Lamoriello was allowed to refuse attempts to market the team through use of players, fan events and alternate jerseys. However, once the team became an also-ran four out of the last five seasons and dollars-conscious owners moved in, he was a roadblock.

Ownership tried to ease Lamoriello into the modern world, but he fought it and continued to keep practices closed, argued against marketing ideas and even handcuffed the organization's own website from covering the team more extensively.

2. Stumbled as a general manager

Age wasn't the reason Lamoriello was nudged out as GM. It was because he seemed to lose his touch. His recent track record of free agent signings was not good, signing several players for more than they were worth. He also created roster situations that hamstrung coaches like John MacLean.

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Live Stream- Lou Lamoriello Introduced As GM Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

The press conference is scheduled to begin at 2:00pm ET, watch it below....

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Babcock on Lamoriello: ‘This was a home run for Mike Babcock’

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock spoke with NHL.com's Dan Rosen regarding the Leafs' hiring of Lou Lamoriello as their general manager:

"Lou has been about winning," Babcock told NHL.com in a phone interview Thursday. "Lou is a guy who has pushed himself to get better every single day. I think a senior management guy joining our team, understanding what the vision and what the plan is, is a home run for all of us. Everyone concerns themselves with the team on the ice; the team off the ice precedes the team on the ice. I think we're set up very good."

Babcock said Lamoriello's experience and history of winning, including three Stanley Cup championships with the Devils (1995, 2000, 2003), will be especially important for Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas, director of player personnel Mark Hunter and assistant to the general manager Brandon Pridham.

Babcock said he has been impressed with Dubas, Hunter and Pridham since he was hired on May 20, but adding Lamoriello will give those young executives a sounding board.

"To bring in a guy like Lou, that gives those guys someone to talk to, someone to mentor them, someone to ask, 'Hey Lou, you've been through this 100 times, what do you think?'" Babcock said. "You have an experienced guy who is still passionate and still fired up about it and still wants to work. That's Lou. He loves hockey."

Babcock said he first met Lamoriello during the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, when he was coaching the Anaheim Ducks against the Devils. New Jersey won the series in seven games.

In the 12 years he's known Lamoriello, Babcock said every time he has spoken to him he has come away impressed. Babcock said he has gotten only positive reviews from the people who have worked for Lamoriello, including a recent review from former Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

"Every coach I've ever talked to about Lou, and most of them have been fired by him, love him," Babcock said. "I talked to Pete DeBoer the other day about him. He raves about him. Lou has got a way of doing things, but Lou is a smart, smart guy and just like all of us who are in the pursuit of knowledge and the pursuit of winning, we're sure willing to adjust to somebody who has a better idea. This was a home run for Mike Babcock."

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Audio/Video- Lou Lamoriello’s Job In Toronto

via Sportsnet,

Chris Johnston joins Jeff Blair to speculate how new GM Lou Lamoriello might fit into the current Maple Leafs management group, and whether he’d be willing to embrace a lesser role than he’s used to.

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The New GM Of The Toronto Maple Leafs Is Lou Lamoriello

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

Brendan Shanahan, President and Alternate Governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced today that Lou Lamoriello has been named the 16th General Manager in the Club’s history. Lamoriello joins the Leafs after previously spending the last 28 years in the New Jersey Devils organization.

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Lou Lamoriello Resigns As President Of The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ – After 28 years, including three Stanley Cup Championships, five Eastern Conference titles,andnine Atlantic DivisionChampionships, theNew Jersey Devilsco- owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer announced today that Lou Lamoriello has made the decision to resign as the team’s President in order to pursue other opportunities. He previously stepped aside as General Manager on May 4, when Ray Shero was named to the position.

“Lou Lamoriello created and defined what it meant to be a New Jersey Devil,” said Harris. "His brilliance in shaping this franchise into one of the most storied and celebrated organizations in sport will make him a New Jersey Devil for life. He represented this organization, our current and former players, the state of New Jersey, and the greatest fans in the National Hockey League in a manner that exemplified character, class, and dignity.

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All Lou Lamoriello

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons engaged in a lengthy conversation with Lou Lamoriello giving that the Devils' general manager is stepping aside to become the team's president:

The longest serving general manager in professional sport stepped aside the other day: The Era of Lou is officially over after 28 years of directing, nurturing, bossing, controlling, shaping the part-hockey team, part-hockey cult that has been the New Jersey Devils.

It has been all Lou Lamoriello, all the time in New Jersey. His team. His way. His brilliance. His penchant for victory.

Three times the Devils won the Stanley Cup. Twice they lost in the Stanley Cup final. Only the Detroit Red Wings have had more Stanley Cup success in Lamoriello’s time on the job.

“I’ve been a lucky man to have been associated with the many great people and professionals we’ve had here over the years,” said Lamoriello in a rare, wide-ranging interview. “They all knew what they were getting into here, where we value loyalty, confidentiality, commitment, having success, but paying the price to have success. Look at the people who have been through here — the Jacques Lemaires, Larry Robinsons, Pat Burns, Scott Stevens, Martin Brodeurs, Scott Niedermayers — a lot of them are gone, but still part of the fabric of who we are. The (Brendan) Shanahans, the (Slava) Fetisovs, they’re still part of the Devils family. I don’t apologize for what we’ve built here. But it was time, time to move on.”

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Will Lou Lamoriello Be Back With The New Jersey Devils?

Rich Chere of NJ.com answered some New Jersey Devils related tweets,

(Regarding is this Lou Lamoriello's most important summer): Has ownership weighed in on this, or is it more of a "should" than an "is"?

Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have not yet been made available after the season. Indications are that Lamoriello will get an opportunity to rebuild the team this summer, but the delay in the co-owners' state-of-the-team address makes you wonder if they are now pondering a GM change.

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Deadline day Garrioch

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch can only pen "'almost deal'" columns after today, so he's delivering a hum-dinger of a rumor wallop this morning. Among his trade deadline day ruminations:

A guy who isn’t being talked about much who may be attracting a lot of interest is New Jersey defenceman Marek Zidlicky. Nobody is sure if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would actually deal Zidlicky, but teams have been calling to see what the asking price is, just in case he does decide to make a move.

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The Maple Leafs want to be the busiest team in the league Monday. They have been trying to deal almost their entire roster, but all eyes will be on captain Dion Phaneuf and wingers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. They’ve also, for the past two weeks, been shopping centre Tyler Bozak and his $4.2-million salary. Toronto has a chance to make this a significant day if they make moves.

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The Montreal Canadiens set up shop in San Jose on Sunday night after a long flight that left at 11 a.m. The Habs have been steadfast in their search for a defenceman since the quest for help began. They were able to help their forward ranks by picking up Devante Smith-Pelley from the Ducks earlier this week in exchange for Jiri Sekac, but the thinking is GM Marc Bergevin isn’t done. The Habs would like to get a defenceman and the belief is they’ve been eyeing Toronto’s Roman Polak and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry. Though teams have wanted draft picks in return, the talk is the Habs may be dangling goaltender prospect Zach Fucale, who was a second-round selection (No. 36 overall) in 2013.

Garrioch continues, reporting that the Sabres and Bruins may swing a Chris Stewart deal, that the Blues want to make some sort of impact and that Matt Beleskey is in high demand.

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Report: Devils’ finish won’t affect Lou Lamoriello’s job security

The Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere is making quite the claim this morning:

How much clout do three Stanley Cup rings bring, even it's been 12 years since the last championship?

Enough, NJ Media Advance has learned, that Lou Lamoriello will remain the Devils' general manager, even if the team misses the playoffs for a third straight season and for the fourth time in five years.

Owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have enough faith in Lamoriello's ability to return the Devils to Stanley Cup contenders that he will keep his position despite the belief by some critics that it's time to move on.

Both owners refused interview requests for this story, but people in the Devils organization familiar with their thinking say Lamoriello will stay on. Those people requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the club's front office personnel.

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“Defense Has Never Changed…”- Lou Lamoriello

Rich Chere of NJ.com had his readers submit questions for the Devils and Lou Lamoriello answered most of them...

As the NHL game changes and gets faster, can the Devils' system and style of defensive hockey stay competitive? And how will you get fast, skilled, younger forwards without giving up our young prospects?

"I don't know what one means by 'the way the game has changed.' Defense has never changed and defense wins championships.

"Right now we have, in our system in our opinion, some outstanding young players. We just have to make sure they develop. Up front, we have to emphasize (acquire via the draft, etc.) forwards. I think our goaltending and defense is extremely solid going forward. We have to work at improving our offense, which comes through our forwards."

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Afternoon Line- Lou Lamoriello

“We know the position we’re in. We also know that you can get on winning streaks. Right now what we have to do is focus in on every game, all the details that have to be done, the systemic changes that are taking place and let the end result take care of itself.

“But there is no team in the National Hockey League that doesn’t believe they want to make the playoffs or think they have the capability. You have to go on a streak. I said that last year. What we didn’t do was go on a winning streak.

“We have to get a couple players back. Despite what our record was, we didn’t have all our players here. It’s been very tough. I say that right up front. But a decision was made by me to make a change.You can’t apologize for doing what you think is right.”

- Lou Lamoriello, President, GM and coach of the New Jersey Devils when asked is it realistic for the Devils to make the playoffs.  More from Lamoriello by Rich Chere of NJ.com.

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Questioning Lou Lamoriello

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

“Do I personally feel it? Whatever pressure I have is what I put on myself,” Lamoriello told NJ Advance Media. “I have to make whatever decision is right, in my opinion, for the best of the team. I can’t allow anything to affect that whatsoever or I’m not doing my job.”

Three Stanley Cups buys a GM a lot of leeway, but has Lamoriello missed the mark on his free agent signings, non-signings and trades over the past decade since the club last won it all in 2003?

Could he have signed Zach Parise long before the winger reached free agency and decided to go home to Minnesota? Or did former owner Jeff Vanderbeek’s financial problems make that impossible?

Should he have let Paul Martin, David Clarkson and/or Brian Gionta walk?

Was there a way to keep Ilya Kovalchuk in the NHL? And did Lamoriello and the Devils have the power, persuasion and the finances to keep Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski from leaving after the third Cup?

All valid questions.

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Intriguing observations from the ‘Hockey World’ and ‘Three Periods’

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column is a good read, discussing the post-firing life of coaches who rebounded in their own ways in Tom Renney and Rick Bowness, but his "Short Shifts" are probably more pertinent:

- St. Louis Blues phenom Vladimir Tarasenko, who just turned 23, has 20 goals on the year, but he might have scored 30 if he had shot more. He’s got 113 shots but that only puts him seventh behind Ovechkin, Karlsson, Seguin, Giroux, Pavelski and Pacioretty. “He could be more selfish,” said an NHL pro scout, marvelling at the Russian youngster’s release. Tarasenko, who may get to the $5-million to $6-million per season range in a new contract this summer, has 16 even-strength goals, second only to Tyler Seguin’s 17. “Twenty goals before Christmas? That’s special,” said teammate Steve Ott.

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- If Vincent Lecavalier is playing right wing with Zac Rinaldo and French rookie Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in Philly, this is the end of the line for him, no?

- It should be noted that Roberto Luongo has a much better (2.35) goals-against average and way higher (.925) save percentage than Ryan Miller (.267) and .900 in Vancouver right now, but Miller has 16 wins. His team gives him way more run support than Luongo’s (11 wins) in Florida. Miller’s numbers are five-alarm stuff, but he is in the first year of a three-year, $18-million deal and he’s 34, not, say, 28.

This is probably true of more general managers (and coaches) than not, too:

-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is almost always around his team, home and away, but he knows exactly what’s going on with his farm team and their prospects. “He gets tapes of the games and the practices,” said former Devils defenceman Mark Fayne.

Matheson continues, and while we're doing short quips and quotes, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned a superb "Three Periods" column discussing the Blue Jackets' resurgence and Patrik Elias' pluck, but the "Third Period" sticks:

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What’s Lou Lamoriello Trying To Say?

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Lamoriello: "I have a lot of feelings about where we're at, but that's for another time."

Lamoriello: "I don't think anybody is happy with where we're at. but right now we have to deal with where we are today..."

Lamoriello cont: "... not where we were yesterday. That's all I have to say."

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Mike Cammalleri and New Jersey, a perfect fit?

This past July brought more than a couple of eyebrow-raising free agent signings, but the New Jersey Devils' signing of Mike Cammalleri to a 5-year, $25-million contract was my biggest "WHAT?" moment. Today, the Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy explains why the unlikely marriage occurred:

“He played with an edge and had results,” [New Jersey Devils GM Lou] Lamoriello said. “He’s very diligent and he competes. When you see that in a player, it naturally sticks out. When we were looking at the potential free agencies and the type of player we needed, we felt we needed a scorer. Mike stood right out, and he was one of the top players we looked at, if not the top player.”

The money and especially the term were a huge vote of confidence to Cammalleri, who says the courtship lasted longer than the free agent negotiating period. His best years are behind him, but he remains a useful scorer who can play among the top six forwards. The Devils are taking a leap of faith on him, but it works both ways.

“What attracted me to the Devils was the success they’ve had, the template, the way they do things,” Cammalleri said. “I have a belief in how things are done that leads to successes.”

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Devils will lose money for this upcoming season, but that’s not bad news

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reports that the New Jersey Devils will lose money for the 2014-15 season...

Unlike the team's financial struggles under the Jeffrey Vanderbeek adminstration, however, the fact that the Devils are going to lose money this season is actually good news.

Gulitti reports that "new" owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer are spending a significant amount of money cleaning up the legal messes Vanderbeek left them, and they're also investing a good chunk of money in growing the Devils' "business brand," reestablishing ties with local businesses and significantly bolstering the team's hockey operations personnel:

[O]n the business side (non-hockey operations), O’Neil says the team had just 76 employees immediately following the sale. Blitzer said the number is “more than double” that now after O’Neil has spent the last year building up his department to put it in a position to be better able to grow the business of the Devils.

“You just didn’t have personnel there,” Blitzer said. “It wasn’t like anyone was doing anything negatively in that sense. They literally did not have positions filled that were entirely necessary to run a business like this. We kind of found that a little bit shocking in terms of how depleted it was at the time we went in.”

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New Jersey Devils still willing to employ Martin Brodeur…if he’s willing to wear a suit

Via SI's Allan Muir, New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has every intention of employing Martin Brodeur should the legendary goaltender not find the "right fit" with a championship-contending team, but the Newark Star-Ledger's Steve Politi reports that Lamoriello's standing offer involves a front-office job:

What happens if Brodeur gets to a point where he realizes the right fit isn't there? Lamoriello has the answer. The longtime Devils GM said Brodeur has a job waiting for him with the Devils if he decides to stop playing.

"He knows that," Lamoriello said. "He knows he'll be a Devil for the rest of his life. What Marty has done and the type of personality he is, and what his experience is, it's a no brainer. He's a Devil."

But Lamoriello wonders: Does Brodeur want to work? He's been around enough great players to know that this is not always the case.

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Evening Line

"Marty and I have come to an agreement that is best for both himself and the organization, and there's nothing negative about that. Marty knows what it is to be a No. 1 goalie and to have that feeling, and that's what he wants. Cory (Schneider) feels the same way.

"I think it's time to move forward, but never negate what Marty has brought [to the Devils], nor was the door ever shut. It was a mutual understanding of what was best for both parties. Marty will always be a Devil and the communication with him is still there, even recently."

-Lou Lamoriello, GM of the New Jersey Devils on Martin Brodeur.  A bit more from Mike Morreale of NHL.com.

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Lou Lamoriello Not A Fan Of The UFA Open-Talk Period

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

"It was a distraction, to be perfectly honest," Lamoriello said Saturday. "It distracted everything you had to do."

Lamoriello said he wasn't surprised that there were fewer trades than expected.

"If there was anything that was going to happen, it was going to happen right away," he said. "This has been a very peculiar week, as far as free agency, the draft and then the signings of your own players. You're divided in so many different directions. I think everybody said, 'Let's focus on the draft.' "

The GM said the discussion period, which ends Monday, will inflate free agent prices.

Asked if the Devils will be active in signing free agents beginning noon on Tuesday, Lamoriello said: "We'll talk. As far as what the results will bring, I couldn't tell you."

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Afternoon Line

"They want to give to the New Jersey Devils fans an off-ice experience, they want to make a commitment that [but] more important to me, a commitment to winning. They really know what is necessary to win and what it takes. Everyone wants to win but not everyone knows how. They're creative, they're intuitive and they want to get an edge in every way they can. I'm comfortable with that and I'm honored to be here and stay here in New Jersey with the New Jersey Devils."

-Lou Lamoriello on the new ownership group of the New Jersey Devils.  More at the Devils' website.

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Evening Line

"I watched him play the last couple of years and I have never seen someone work so hard. We know where he is in his career. He brings something. Everyone who has played with him the last couple of years and also the coaches have been complimentary toward everything he has done. There is no question he can help us on the power play."

"He is a well-conditioned athlete and we are happy with what he is going to bring."

"He is still a top six forward."

-Lou Lamoriello on Jaromir Jagr.  More on Jagr signing with the Devils from the CP at TSN.

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