Oh my goodness, something has torn Torontonians from the Pan American games.
Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan has hired one of his old bosses, as 72-year-old Lou Lamoriello heads to the T-Dot to become the new General Manager, which was a massive shock and surprise to everyone.
A quick aside, why did not one of the so called hundreds of hockey insiders in the center of the universe have this story. Is this the new world order at the ACC? Seriously are Shanny, Uncle Lou and their disciples going to be sworn to secrecy? Where is the sense of ha ha in that? Boy those panels that lead every national sportscast are going to be hum drum and dull with no leaked Leaves rumours. Oh wait, they will be better.
Lamoriello had been the grand poo-bah, the president of everything, the Tony Soprano of the New Jersey Devils for almost three decades.
In fact, some thought the team was called the Lou Jersey Devils.
Under his tenure they won three Stanley Cups in painfully dull fashion and initiated the dead puck era. By all the reports cascading out of Jersey, Lou didn’t see eye to eye with new ownership. Team Beelzebub has missed the playoffs for three straight seasons and four out of the last five campaigns.
The best thing Uncle Lou has done in the last half decade is trade for goalie Cory Schneider.
The housecleaning of the suits is complete in Toronto. It appears Lamoriello will be a grandfatherly figure to school the Leafs front office in Hockey 101 for the next three years.
The next challenge for the Toronto brain trust, they will have a devil of a time trying to ice a playoff team.