Quick Shifts: ‘Secretive’ Lamoriello returns to new-look Toronto

A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep.

1. During a time long before his 76th birthday, before the five Stanley Cup appearances and three rings and the Hockey Hall of Fame induction that didn’t come close to signalling a wrap on his career, Lou Lamoriello was a baseball player. He preferred catcher.

That way, he could control the game.

“I believe in hands-on,” the New York Islanders’ new/experienced driver said on the NHL Executive Suite podcast. “I don’t know any other way of doing it.”

So, Auston Matthews — Lamoriello’s last great draft pick — will tell you how Lamoriello made a point to get to know his family and how he felt sad to watch a living legend leave Toronto, where Lamoriello helped get a historic franchise back on track and groom his own successor.

“My sisters loved him, my parents loved him. They were really close. So it’s sad to see him leave the organization,” Matthews said when the news was fresher. “I got to know him over the course of the two years, and he’s a great person. I think he did so much for this organization. Everyone was so thankful to just be around a guy with his resume, already a Hall of Famer.

“Pretty sad about him leaving, but you bring in a guy like Kyle Dubas. His plan, his vision, everything he wants to accomplish, it’s very exciting. You wish Lou the best.”

Under Lamoriello, as you might have heard, the Islanders lost their captain and best player, John Tavares. But they gained the reigning Cup champion head coach, Barry Trotz, and have raised eyebrows by running neck-and-neck with Pittsburgh for the third playoff seed in the Metropolitan Division.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca


Leafs recall Kaskisuo from AHL; Andersen day-to-day with groin injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the AHL.

Kaskisuo has never played in the NHL and was called up with starter Frederik Andersen day-to-day with a groin injury.

Garret Sparks will likely get the start against the New York Rangers Saturday, after an impressive performance against Columbus on Friday.

More to come.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca


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