Lamoriello thanks New Jersey fans with full-page ad after shock departure
One day after Lou Lamoriello resigned as president of the New Jersey Devils to become the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Lamoriello took out a full-page ad in The Record thanking both fans and the organization for the 28 years he spent in New Jersey.
The move was a shock to Devils fans and Maple Leafs fans alike, and according to The Record, even the organization did not see it coming. Devils co-owner Josh Harris told the outlet that Lamoriello was struggling to work with Ray Shero, the man the Devils hired as a GM in May.
"Very, very, very recently, we found out that Lou as a personal matter, it wasn't working for him," Harris said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. "So, this all came at us very quickly. So, the last 48 hours has been … we've all had to do a lot of work getting ready for today."
Lamoriello joins a Toronto organization full of people such as coach Mike Babcock and president Brendan Shanahan who like to weigh in on player personnel discussions. The Maple Leafs are trying to rebuild their team after another disastrous season, as they failed to make the playoffs for the ninth time in the past 10 years.
(h/t The Record)