Although there is still nothing concrete to the growing speculation about Lou Lamoriello potentially moving from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the New York Islanders, at least one key hockey insider is becoming more firm in his language surrounding the situation.
Elliotte Friedman had a Monday afternoon TV hit on NHL Network, and shared his latest sentiment on how things may unfold for the veteran hockey executive.
“I believe there are discussions going on and I do believe it’s a very, very serious possibility that Lou Lamoriello is going to end up with the New York Islanders,” said Friedman. “What we don’t know at this time is how it’s all going to work.
“Garth Snow is the current GM, Doug Weight is the current head coach, and they are going to Denmark for the rest of the world hockey championships. So I don’t know how it’s all going to work out. But I do believe there is an excellent chance that Lou Lamoriello is going to go to the New York Islanders.
“I think one of the questions we’re all wondering here in Toronto is does that mean that (Mark) Hunter is going to go with him. (Mark) Hunter is still the assistant general manager. He was on the same level as Kyle Dubas before. They both interviewed for the GM position. Dubas has been promoted. We’re kind of expecting that Hunter will want to move on too. It wouldn’t hurt the Islanders at all if (Mark) Hunter went with Lamoriello to go be part of it. But at this point in time it’s more speculation than truth.
“I do believe that Lamoriello will be going though.”
Kyle Dubas was officially named the new general manager of the Leafs Friday, after Lamoriello had been moved from the GM slot into a senior advisory role at the end of April. Lamoriello’s transition had apparently been part of the plan all along.
Chris Lamoriello is an assistant GM with the Islanders, which had initially prompted the speculation surrounding Lou’s potential move to the team.
Source: NHL Network