Toronto Maple Leafs (2015)
At the end of the 2013-14 season Brendan Shanahan was brought in as the Maple Leafs team President. His plan was to bring the Maple Leafs back to glory. After missing the playoffs for the ninth time in ten years Leafs ownership had enough.
Shanahan let the 2014-15 season play out. He took his time to decide how he would enact his plan. By the end of the 14-15 season though he liquidated the front office, out with the old, in with the new. That included GM Dave Nonis.
And in his wake came Lou Lamoriello.
Lou had one plan; rebuild this team by gutting it like Shanahan had done to the front office.
Who Lou brought in: Matt Hunwick, PA Parenteau, Mark Arcobello, Daniel Winnik, Shawn Matthias
In the 2015 offseason, the Leafs brought in a number of players. Five to be exact. Only Matt Hunwick would stay with the team passed the start of the 2016-17 NHL season.
The idea was clear. Bring in players that could play at the NHL level on the cheap, and sell them off for whatever you can get.
Daniel Winnik was turned into a second round pick which turned into Carl Grundstrom. A Swedish winger with 24 points in 35 SHL games last season. Shawn Matthias was turned into a fourth-round pick, used to pick Keaton Middleton. A 6’5″ blueliner with 45 points in the OHL last season.
Both P.A. Parenteau and Mark Arcobello were left to walk in free agency. But with Winnik and Matthias, the Leafs got the picks they wanted. If it wasn’t for an injury at the end of the year Parenteau probably would have returned another second to third-round pick.
Overall 2015 was a successful free agent period for Lou.