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July 23: Lamoriello leaves Devils to become GM of Maple Leafs

Plus: Former NHL president Dutton born; Blue Jackets trade Nash to Rangers

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2015: Lou Lamoriello, the architect of three Stanley Cup-winning teams during his 28 seasons running the New Jersey Devils, takes on a new challenge when he agrees to become general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 72-year-old resigns as president of the Devils to join the Maple Leafs. He's hired by team president Brendan Shanahan, Lamoriello's first draft pick as New Jersey GM in 1987.

The move comes less than three months after Lamoriello steps down as GM of the Devils. He replaces Dave Nonis, who's fired in April after the Maple Leafs finish 27th in the League standings.

Lamoriello joins a team that has qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs once since 2004. After finishing last in the NHL in 2015-16, the Maple Leafs qualify for the playoffs in 2016-17 and 2017-18. He becomes a senior adviser when Kyle Dubas is named GM on May 11, 2018, but leaves the Maple Leafs 11 days later when he's named president of hockey operations by the New York Islanders.



1898: Red Dutton, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, is born in Russell, Manitoba. Dutton becomes the second president of the NHL in 1943, after the death of Frank Calder. That comes after he is player, coach and general manager of the New York (later Brooklyn) Americans before the team suspends operations in 1942 and ultimately folds four years later. Dutton resigns as NHL president in 1946, is succeeded by Clarence Campbell and returns to his business interests in Calgary. Though he serves as a trustee for the Stanley Cup and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958, Dutton does not attend an NHL game again until Oct. 9, 1980, when he drops the puck for the ceremonial face-off prior to the Calgary Flames' first home game after the team moves from Atlanta.


1957: The Detroit Red Wings trade two future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, forward Ted Lindsay and goalie Glenn Hall, to the Chicago Blackhawks for goalie Hank Bassen, defenseman Bill Preston, and forwards Johnny Wilson and Forbes Kennedy. Lindsay is traded after his 85 points are second in the NHL to longtime linemate Gordie Howe during the 1956-57 season; he plays three seasons with the Blackhawks before retiring, though he returns to Detroit in 1964-65 after four years off the ice. Hall becomes one of the all-time NHL greats, helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961 and playing 502 consecutive games from 1955-62. Lindsay is elected to the Hall of Fame in 1966; Hall joins him nine years later.


2012: The Columbus Blue Jackets trade forward Rick Nash, holder of most of their scoring records, to the New York Rangers for forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Nash, the No. 1 pick in the 2002 NHL Draft, helps the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and scores an NHL career-high 42 goals in 2014-15. He retires after ending the 2017-18 season with the Boston Bruins, finishing his NHL career with 805 points (437 goals, 368 assists) in 1,060 NHL games).

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