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It Is Now Kyle Dubas And Everyone Else In Toronto

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

When Brendan Shanahan started navigating his way through the Bermuda Triangle he’d built in the Toronto Maple Leafs front office, there was no way for him to keep all of Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas happy.

He weighed his options and elected to hang on to his most precious resource. He named Dubas the general manager on May 11.

That left the others with a choice to make.

For Lamoriello, it meant either staying on in a powerless senior advisor role with the Leafs or finding more influence elsewhere. We should not be surprised he’s now the New York Islanders president of hockey operations – working alongside his son, Chris, and in possession of “full authority over all hockey matters with the organization.”

For Hunter, passed over in favour of a man 23 years his junior for the Leafs GM job he desperately coveted, it meant swallowing his pride or moving on. He did what many people in that situation would do.


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The Latest On Mark Hunter

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Expectation is that while Mark Hunter is departing TOR, because he has time remaining on his contract, one of the conditions of his departure is that he will not be permitted to work for another team until after 2018 draft and free agency period.

Which is to suggest he won’t necessarily be restricted from working for another team for the remaining year of his TOR contract, but it will be later in the summer before he would be permitted to do so.

TOR could have had Hunter run the 2018 draft but didn’t want someone who had expressed a desire to leave the organization doing it. So they agreed to part ways now, albeit with a condition on when he could begin working for another NHL team.

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How Will Dubas And Babcock Get Along?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

With Lamoriello all but gone and assistant GM Mark Hunter probably going as well with the ascension of Kyle Dubas to GM, that seems to be it for the team of rivals assembled in Toronto by president Brendan Shanahan that includes coach Mike Babcock.

Dubas is wicked smart and the right man at the right time to take over the NHL’s most progressive operation. But the dynamic with Babcock — who has five years at over $6 million remaining on his contract, reports to Shanahan and had no trouble drawing boundary lines that he would not permit even Lamoriello to cross the last three years — will be fascinating to watch.

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It makes no sense for Lou Lamoriello to join the Islanders unless ownership gives the commander-in-chief command of the franchise. Any other concept or job description would be fatally flawed.

That means that Lamoriello, who is expected to talk with Scott Malkin/Jon Ledecky in the wake of being eased into a do-nothing senior adviser’s role in Toronto a few days after the Leafs’ first-round elimination, must be given complete control of the hockey operation — regardless of whether he assumes the title of general manager and handles the day-to-day duties generally associated with the position.

Lamoriello must set the agenda for the department and must have final say over personnel decisions....

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The Lou Lamoriello Talk And The New York Islanders

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The well-worn seat underneath Garth Snow is unquestionably warming up.

The much-maligned Islanders general manager now is in the direct line of fire with ownership going above his head to speak to the legendary Lou Lamoriello about some sort of front-office job, as reported on by two Canadian news outlets Friday night.

Lamoriello, the legendary former GM for the Devils as they won three Stanley Cups, just had his role with the Maple Leafs change from GM to special adviser. He was replaced as GM on Friday by young Kyle Dubas, and it has been reported Lamoriello would like out of his contract that would keep him as an adviser for the next three years.

Lamoriello had the same role as an overseer with the Devils when they hired Ray Shero as the GM in 2015, but he lasted only one year before taking on the challenge of rebuilding the Maple Leafs.


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The New GM For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Kyle Dubas is the new general manager of the Maple Leafs. That is a surprise to no one. His appointment came out of a first-among-equals front office battle with fellow assistant general manager Mark Hunter.

Dubas holds the big chair now. He won the only vote that mattered — the determination of club president, Brendan Shanahan.

Hunter, clearly disappointed at finishing second in a two-horse race, isn’t saying whether he’s staying or going with the Leafs. Neither Shanahan nor Dubas were clear about Hunter’s future in the front office, which is, to say the least, slightly troubling.

Dubas looks like a general manager, sounds like a general manager, is young and authoritative and occasionally just vague enough to be well suited for the frenetic job in the busiest hockey market on the planet. His appointment comes with Lou Lamoriello being slid into a position of consultant, assuming he stays with the Leafs, and Hunter being in this state of unspoken limbo, as the Leafs most regarded hockey man, assuming he stays. There are some broad assumptions here.

Today, the Leafs front office can be described as deeper and stronger and more vastly experienced than most in the NHL.


read on, also included Toronto Raptors talk who fired their coach yesterday...

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Kyle Dubas Named GM Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

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Can You See Lou Lamoriello Taking Over The New York Islanders?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

What Would Lou Lamoriello Do if the Maple Leafs believe it’s time to move one of hockey’s legendary executives out of the general manager’s chair onto a comfy adviser’s couch in order to slide either Kyle Dubas or Mark Hunter in the lead role?

Would Lamoriello willingly recede into the background for the first time in his career — first time in his adult life, really — and smell the roses while basking in the affection of his adored grandchildren?

Or would he seek to conquer a new frontier by taking over the operation on Long Island in order to rescue the shipwrecked franchise and restore it to its long-ago historical greatness?

I wouldn’t bet so much as toonie against it.

read on plue more topics including the future of John Tortorella in Columbus.

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Battle Brewing In Toronto?

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

He had a mere six shifts in the second period, with a total of 4:05 in ice time. For one interlude of more than five minutes, Matthews didn’t come over the boards at all. Little wonder he failed to get a shot on net in that frame.

Granted, the Leafs were killing off a penalty during a patch of that spell, but it’s hard to reckon what Babcock was thinking because he certainly didn’t maximize his No. 1 centre’s talents. And still Matthews led the Leafs with four shots and twice as many chances.

Matthews did not look like a happy young man on the bench, though that’s a subjective interpretation of body language. We can’t lip-read words exchanged between them. Babcock’s shift of fluid faith to the Mitch Marner line was conspicuous, however. Understandably so as Marner displayed a kinetic ferocity throughout the series....

If there is any breach of faith between Babcock and Matthews, it must be mended. If Babcock “lost” Matthews, he damn well better find him again.

“No,” insisted Matthews, when the question was put to him bluntly on clean-out day at the Air Canada Centre. “Our relationship’s fine. Obviously you guys can speculate all you want. But to me, I think it’s pointless.”


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The Toronto Maple Leafs Have Decisions To Make On Their UFAs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak wore black baseball caps Friday, as if mourning their last day as Maple Leafs.

The unrestricted free agents have a combined 1,000-plus games for the franchise, yet van Riemsdyk is all but gone — due a raise that would upset the salary structure soon to be in place for the younger Leaf stars — while Bozak would likely have to provide a hometown discount to stay.

Also unemployed as of July 1: winger Leo Komarov, playoff rental centre Tomas Plekanec, centre Dominic Moore and defenceman Roman Polak. Komarov and Polak are maybes to return as they are favourites of coach Mike Babcock, but a JVR-Bozak exit means two thirds of a forward line is gone.



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The Toronto Maple Leafs Need A Top Defenseman

from Michael Traikos ot the National Post,

It’s time to stop procrastinating.

The Toronto Maple Leafs need to find a top-pairing defenceman. And they need to do it before the start of next season....

Yes, they could try and sign a pending free agent such as Washington’s John Carlson or Detroit’s Mike Green. But the better options might be on the trade market, where Vancouver’s Chris Tanev and Calgary’s T.J. Brodie could be available. Heck, if the Leafs want to make a big splash, they could put together a package for Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson or Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty.

Any one of them would be an upgrade over what Toronto currently has. Of course, it could mean saying goodbye to a player such as Nylander, Connor Brown or Kasperi Kapanen.

It’s a delicate dance. Edmonton faced a similar dilemma two years ago, when they sent winger Taylor Hall to New Jersey for defenceman Adam Larsson in a trade that has since blown up in the Oilers’ face. Others have fared better.


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