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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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Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

For the four years Brendan Shanahan has been in charge of the Toronto Maple Leafs, there has never been reason to doubt him or his nicknamed Shanaplan.

There is now.

When the hockey dust cleared early Tuesday morning and what was rumoured became unfortunate fact — Lou Lamoriello is now in charge of the New York Islanders, assistant general manager Mark Hunter has left the Maple Leafs mid-contract — the Leafs deep and strong front office had too many empty chairs and a rookie general manager calling the shots.

This may be the best or worst thing to happen to Kyle Dubas.

He can now surround himself with his people, his hires and appointments, build the front office the way in which he wants the front office to operate. Or as one veteran hockey man told me Tuesday: “He’d better know what he’s doing here.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/22/18 at 05:37 PM ET

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