According to Chris Johnston of TSN, “Kyle Dubas says he’ll only work in Toronto if he works anywhere next season. It’s been a really difficult season on his family and he needs to be sure that they’re still onboard.” While there is some potential discrepancy into whether that quote was taken verbatim, Pierre LeBrun did follow up with a tweet that noted, “he’s either GM in Toronto or nowhere else this summer. Isn’t interested in interviewing for GMs jobs elsewhere.” In other words, it appears he’s going to take some time to weigh his options, and if the Leafs don’t come running with an extension, he might take some time away from the NHL. “I definitely don’t have it in me to go anywhere else.”
Now, this doesn’t mean he won’t stick with the Maple Leafs or that he won’t pop up elsewhere in the future, but it sounds like this was a trying year for the Maple Leafs’ GM and it was a tough season on his family and he wants time to chat with them to see how they feel about his continuing on with either the Maple Leafs or another team. Perhaps they want him to take some time away. Maybe they want to be outside of a market as high-profile as Toronto’s. There could be a number of factors on the table and Dubas plans to consider them all. That includes a possible promotion beyond just being GM.
Because he said he won’t be popping up elsewhere next week in another GM job, rumors of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ interest are fascinating. Another report by Elliotte Friedman noted, “I think Pittsburgh wants to get this done, so if this whole Dubas and Pittsburgh thing is real then he’s going to need to know quick if what is on the table for Toronto is amenable to him”. Dubas is taking his time, but the Penguins want to get this done.
Were Dubas’ comments meant to put even more pressure on the Penguins to up their offer? Only Dubas knows and he didn’t comment on the idea of becoming a team President, which is something Pittsburgh might have to put on the table.
The other thing Dubas did clarify in his media avail on Monday was that if he does stick with the Maple Leafs and he is the general manager moving forward, major roster change is possible. “I would take nothing off the table at all,” he said.
Next: Could the Avalanche and Maple Leafs Talk Trade for William Nylander?
Calgary Flames/ 19 hours ago
Top Candidates For Flames Open GM Job Starting to Surface
A handful of names are starting to pop up in connection with the vacant...
NHL News/ 20 hours ago
Insider Hints Hard Feelings Exist Between Ryan Reynolds and NHL
After news Ryan Reynolds withdrew from a bid to buy the Ottawa Senators, it...
New Jersey Devils/ 3 days ago
Jesper Bratt Expects To Get Contract Done With Devils
Jesper Bratt says he's confident a deal will get done to keep him with...
NHL News/ 3 days ago
Keith Jones Says Flyers Job Offer Came Out of Nowhere
Keith Jones discussed how the opportunity to become the President of the Philadelphia Flyers...
Edmonton Oilers/ 4 days ago
Oilers Must Keep Cool Going Into Game 5 vs Golden Knights
If the Edmonton Oilers want to take control of their series against Vegas, they...
NHL News/ 5 days ago
Did Flyers Make a Mistake Hiring In-House for President and GM?
Keith Jones has been hired by the Flyers as the team's new President, while...
Edmonton Oilers/ 5 days ago
Pietrangelo to Have Hearing w/ NHL DoPS for Slash on Draisaitl
Alex Pietrangelo has a hearing with the NHL DoPS for his slash on Leon...
NHL News/ 5 days ago
Three Takeaways from Maple Leafs’ 2-1 Game 4 Win vs Panthers
On Wednesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs came back to win Game 4 of...
NHL News/ 6 days ago
Agent Says Kuznetsov “Not Interested in Anything” Playing for Capitals
Evgeny Kuznetsov has apparently lost his spark playing for the Washington Capitals. Sounds like...
Boston Bruins/ 7 days ago
Bruins Say Roster Will Look Different Next Season
Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins says the team will look different next season...