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A Focused Kyle Dubas

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Kyle Dubas doesn’t sound like a man on the hot seat.

In a rare, wide-ranging conversation on the eve of the opening of Maple Leafs training camp, Dubas comes across as composed and confident — believing in his hockey team that has so many questions; excited, like most of us, for the start of a new season and all that is about to unfold.

He isn’t consumed with winning a single round of the Stanley Cup playoffs the way so much of Toronto is after repeated post-season disappointments that have plagued this franchise for far too many years. This is his fifth season as general manager, his ninth year with the club — and some wonder if there will be a next year for him with his contract set to expire. But the team has grown by 15 points in his first four years — just not enough when it matters most in April or May.

“You want to win every year, that’s why you do these jobs,” said Dubas, the married father of two, no longer a kid GM. He turns 37 in November.

“You’re at that point where that’s our goal. To win. Not just win a round. Our goal is to win the Stanley Cup. Not to win a series, it’s to win the whole thing. That’s what we focus on.

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Oh I see.

They’re not going worry about winning one measly round
- they’re going to suddenly somehow win all four.
Because winning is why you do the job.

With Matt Murray and a cast-off from the Caps in net.

Ok, then.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/21/22 at 12:48 PM ET

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You think he should be entirely focused on only winning one round?

That, um, doesn’t make sense. There’s not a GM in the league that is building a team in hopes that they can win one round.

Are you of the opinion that Ken Holland’s job was done this spring when the Oilers won a round?

What a weird thing to complain about; trying to win.

Posted by GMoney on 09/21/22 at 02:44 PM ET

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My point is obviously that, under Dubas,
they haven’t even shown they can win one round, which is sort of a prerequisite to win two or three or four. And if they improve their depth or balance a little from season to season in one area, they always seem to create more problems for themselves elsewhere in the lineup.

How many teams go directly from serially being unable to beat one
playoff opponent, to winning it all, while stubbornly doubling and tripling down
on the same formula, let alone while fiddling with and worsening their lineup at the single most crucial position, goalie?

Last year at this time there was a media consensus
that finding a way past at least one playoff opponent next (this past) playoffs
was the absolute minimum to keep management and the core intact.
Now, it’s: well they gave Tampa a good series.

Willfully misinterpreting my comment to pretend I argued
that winning just one playoff round is or should be every GM’s main goal
is just tedious. Ironically, Holland, the GM you cited, did actually behave for most of his later tenure in Detroit that making the playoffs at all was the main goal (because then “anything could happen”). True, in the narrow sense that making the playoffs is a prerequisite to winning even one round. But you’ve eventually got to find a way to win. You eventually have to actually beat one opponent before you get a chance at another. And then gain some real confidence and experience of sense of what truly contending requires.

It’s therefore somewhat fatuous and silly for Dubas to suggest: hey don’t pay attention to our failure to win one round. Because winning four rounds is our goal.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/21/22 at 04:40 PM ET

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Dubas is a dumbass, what has he done?  Nothing, got the job with a resume of a season ticket holder and skating with a chair ability.  Instead of paying Babcock to freeze his ass in a cold Saskatchewan barn, bump Dumass out to drive the Zamboni.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 09/21/22 at 08:23 PM ET

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