The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to “part ways” with Kyle Dubas whose contract expires June 30th.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have just made the biggest mistake in the history of the franchise.
A brilliant young executive who has made the Leafs into the most player friendly team in the NHL, and who has averaged a team record in points during his entire give year career, Kyle Dubas will now be the #1 choice of every team in the league in need of a new GM.
The Leafs should have done everything they could have to retain him, and whatever team he goes to is probably going to win a Cup long before the Leafs do.
Toronto Maple Leafs: I have Made a Huge Mistake
Now, technically, it is not clear what is going on right now.
The Leafs have a 3PM press conference and Shanahan will clear up whatever is going on.
Did Kyle quit because of pressure and family issues? While it’s possible I’ll have to fix this headline when more info becomes available, I doubt this is the case.
Who would quit running the Leafs?
The fact is Kyle Dubas is the NHL’s best GM and running into four straight incredibly hot goalies doesn’t really change that.
The Leafs just lost to Florida, whose Sergei Bobrovsky is on one of the biggest heaters in league history, as seen last night in his four OT brilliance. Carolina deserved to win that game ten times over, but the Cats won for the same reason the Leafs lost: Sergei Bobrovsky.
What I really hope happens is that the Leafs make Brendan Pridham into their GM. Anything else would be nuts. Going old-school with some chumpy loser like Brad Treliving would be a disaster.
The worst thing about losing Dubas is that the Leafs really made a smart call to stop recycling the same losers that other NHL teams constantly play musical chairs with. Experience as an NHL GM is not actually necessary because 99% of NHL GMs are terrible at their jobs.
Kyle was the exception, and the Leafs won’t be improved by bringing in Peter Chiarelli or any of the other absolute duds we are about to inundated with rumours about.
The Toronto Maple Leafs should have done everything in their power to retain Kyle Dubas. If there were personal issues, they should have solved them.
I get that this is a “results” business, but it’s ironic that results are the undoing of the guy whose entire philosophy was to dig deeper and not make emotional decisions based on random results.
The Toronto Maple Leafs currently have the best roster in franchise history, and they just made the biggest mistake in team history.