Yesterday, we finally saw something in the Toronto Maple Leafs that could resemble a culture change. Those have been the key words thrown around this off-season. Did they fire the coach? No. How about the general manager? No. All they did was fire the assistant coaches and pretty much let go of all their big name free agents. That is, until yesterday.
Yesterday, Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin were relieved of their duties with the Toronto Maple Leafs. They were two major holdovers from the Brian Burke era and now it seems that general manager Dave Nonis and head coach Randy Carlyle are the only ones left.
What the Leafs did with the open assistant general manager job is something that some would consider surprising. They hired Kyle Dubas, a 28-year old who has been the general manger of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for the last three years. Not only that, but he’s been an agent as well.
So, did the Leafs make a smart move? For now, we can’t tell as we don’t know much about him. All that he is known for is using analytics in the way he makes moves somewhat. It might be considered no surprise that just a couple hours Dubas was hired, the Leafs signed David Booth, a player with injury problems but looks pretty good to the analytical thinkers in the NHL.
We can’t know if this was a good move yet. However, it is a big sign of change in the front office. It may not be what we expected, but this move at least shows that Brendan Shanahan is doing all he can to make the Toronto Maple Leafs a better team.