Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan made his first major shake-up since being hired, firing assistant general managers Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin and hiring former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds general manager Kyle Dubas to fill their role.
Loiselle and Poulin were both holdovers from the Brian Burke regime, and both have been under fire, along with general manager Dave Nonis, for the recent failures of the front office. Loiselle’s role was to manage the salary cap and he did a horrific job in that regard as the team signed boat anchor contracts such as David Clarkson’s and Tyler Bozak’s last summer.
Poulin received a lot of criticism for his comments that analytics “don’t make sense” on the radio back in late March. It’s ironic that the Leafs would replace him with Dubas, who is a big proponent of analytics and, at 28 years old, is regarded as one of the brightest young minds in hockey.
This move was a long time coming for fans that waited for Shanahan to fulfill his promise to bring change to the organization. I’ve written a lot about how the Leafs are doing themselves a disservice by failing to use their analytics budget (as Nonis admitted), but hiring a progressive thinker like Dubas should help bring about the change this organization needs.
What are your thoughts on the hiring?