The Toronto Maple Leafs made a major announcement on Monday morning involving Lou Lamoriello's role with the team going forward.
Brendan Shanahan announced that Lamoriello won't be back as the Leafs' GM next season. Instead, he'll remain with the team as a senior advisor.
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In a press release, Shanahan explained that the plan was always to have Lou transition into a Senior Advisor's role after three years as the general manager of the team.
Once the news broke, the reactions poured in and there was a common theme we saw from the hockey world now in regards to the reaction to the news:
Maple Leafs looking for new General Manager - Replacing Lou Lamoriello pic.twitter.com/MWFL0az9gj— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) April 30, 2018
Shanahan says the original agreement three years ago was for Lamoriello to be GM three years and then transition for senior advisor for four years... The Leafs president stuck to that agreement.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 30, 2018
Lou was just there to show the young administration the ropes. He did a good job, but it's not a surprise.— Drewwestcott A.K.A. Sad Pizza (@TheDrewwestcott) April 30, 2018
Pictured: Leafs players arriving at 2018-2019 training camp pic.twitter.com/MDtNQrwWZH— Josh K. Elliott (@joshkelliott) April 30, 2018
Farewell Lou and welcome back facial hair and flow— Sarcastic Leafs Fan (@SarcasticTMLfan) April 30, 2018
Mark Hunter or Kyle Dubas?— Jamie (@WSRJamie) April 30, 2018
@zang100 lets hope John Ferguson Jr isnt lookong for work...— Casey Bessey 🇨🇦 (@ooh_boooy) April 30, 2018
High numbers and facial hair! Can't wait for Dubas SZN.— X - Gigantic Y (@YRahamaan) April 30, 2018
Does this mean Marner can finally take the whole regular season to work on his playoff beard?— Mootz (@Mootz1977) April 30, 2018
What’s that sound.... it’s sound like... OMG ITS KYLE DUBAS FROM THE TOP ROPES— Joshua Guthrie (@JGut15) April 30, 2018
Off to Robidas Island? pic.twitter.com/1mCjK4sl9O— Andrew McEwan (@Reviresco27) April 30, 2018
Beards gonna be back in play— x-Tim (@talltim84) April 30, 2018
Will Nylander swtich back to 62 now?— Gavin (@Gavin77axe) April 30, 2018
I'll always remember Lou Lamoriello as the GM who somehow got the Leafs out of the Phaneuf contract with no long-term cap implications.— Draglikepull (@draglikepull) April 30, 2018
How long until #Isles announce Lou Lamoriello as their new GM?— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) April 30, 2018
Brendan Shanahan.. who was drafted by Lou Lamoriello.. just fired Lou Lamoriello.— Pat Carragher (@PatCarragher) April 30, 2018
What a world.
Now that Lou Lamoriello is gone, say hello to the new-look Toronto Maple Leafs. pic.twitter.com/hLUD1eiEAe— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) April 30, 2018
In a bitter twist of fate Lou Lamoriello has been sent to Robidas Island— Casual Mats (@Casual_Mats) April 30, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs say Lou Lamoriello is out as GM 😱— Josh K. Elliott (@joshkelliott) April 30, 2018
What you hear is the sound of 23 players throwing their beard-trimmers away simultaneously 👨🏻🧔🏻🧔🏻🧔🏻👨🏻
Looks like the leafs can finally grow some facial hair next season with Lamoriello out of the picture— Lombardo (@Itsadriano97) April 30, 2018
Maybe Lou Lamoriello will grow some hair now— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisNHL) April 30, 2018
Lou Lamoriello is bad, facial hair is good, and I’m glad he’s gone— Sean Woodley (@WoodleySean) April 30, 2018
With no more lamoriello does that mean that the team can actually grow flow and beards again or are we still at boot camp— Gianni (@GianniMian17) April 30, 2018
Lou Lamoriello to not return as Leafs GM so now all we need to find out is if the players are gonna start growing their beards now or wait till October.— Cats on a toboggan (@catsonatoboggan) April 30, 2018