Toronto Maple Leafs to Sign Swedish Centre Par Lindholm

Long Island Lou Lamoriello? Don’t rule out one last rescue

According to reports, Par Lindholm, a 26-year old centre who played last season with Skelleftea AIK in the SHL, has chosen to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs after garnering interesting from at least 20 of the 31 National Hockey League teams.

Team president Brendan Shanahan says when Lamoriello was hired three years ago, the plan was Lamoriello to serve as GM for three years and then transition to senior adviser for four years. "This morning, I informed Lou that I was not deviating from that course of action".

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lou for his tireless work over the last three years as general manager", Shanahan said.

Both Shanahan and Lamoriello will take part in a conference call with reporters early Monday afternoon to discuss the front office shake up.

Last season, the Leafs put together a 105-point effort while also setting franchise records for most wins (49), most home wins (29) and the longest home-winning streak (13 games).

"It's an unknown", Lamoriello said.

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello will not return to the role next season. Toronto could have to replace as many as three centres next year, with Tyler Bozak, Dominic Moore and Tomas Plekanec all unrestricted free agents. And as Shanahan said Monday, the process that began with Lamoriello joining the Leafs has unfolded exactly as planned.

In the ensuing 28 years, the Devils made the playoffs 21 times and won three Stanley Cups.

He had a relationship with Shanahan dating to 1987 when Lamoriello drafted the power forward second overall.

Lamoriello's possible availability provided a glimmer of hope that the Islanders could swoop in and grab the Hall of Famer considering he has connections to the team.

It's assumed that there would be some kind of out-clause - either now in the contract or one that could be negotiated - if Lamoriello approached Shanahan and said he had another opportunity to be a GM. "Just handling one thing at a time". "Lou Lamoriello's influence on everyone (in Toronto) will felt for a long time".

Hunter, 55, joined the Maple Leafs as player-personnel director in October 2014 and was promoted to assistant GM in August 2016.

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