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The New Side of Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas: He’s Angry!

The Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is seen as nerdy, smart, geeky, etc. Suddenly he’s showing another side – anger. Why?

Toronto Maple Leafs fans are seeing a new side of their young, nerdy, and polarizing general manager during this offseason. There’s only seems to be one way to describe what we’re seeing right now in his dealings with Ken Holland and the Edmonton Oilers, who are about to sign former top-six forward Zach Hyman to a free-agent contract. Dubas is angry.

Anyone in a similar situation would get it. One of his core players, a 29-year-old hometown guy who’s been a key player with the team is leaving. That’s strike one. Then, the team he’s going to wants you to do them a favor by asking you to take a low-round draft choice so they can sign him to an eight-year contract so they can save $400,000 each season on that contract. That’s strike two.

And, as Dubas waits for Oilers’ general manager Ken Holland to throw the next pitch, he’s showing attitude in the batter’s box.

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Maple Leafs’ Fans Had Hoped the Silence Was an Indication Hyman Might Stay – But No

For the past two weeks or so, there’ve been rumors that Hyman had been talking with the Oilers about a contract. Then silence. I, and many other Maple Leafs’ fans, thought there might be a chance it meant Hyman might have a change of heart and re-sign with his former team. But Hyman’s agent Todd Reynolds released a message that it wasn’t gonna happen.

The message was simple and dashed he hopes of Maple Leafs’ fans. It said that Hyman “will be signing elsewhere” and “won’t be returning to Toronto.” 

The silence was occurring because Hyman had a deal in place with the Oilers at maximum term, which was seven seasons if he simply signed with the Oilers or eight seasons if Holland and Dubas could decide on compensation for a sign-and-trade.

And, that’s where we are right now.

Dubas Simply Isn’t Playing Ball

Given the metaphor I used previously about Dubas waiting for Holland to thrown the next pitch, I know – while I haven’t mixed my metaphors, I’ve confused them – and I can’t really say that Dubas isn’t playing ball. However, he might not be stepping into the batter’s box.

Zach Hyman, formerly of the Maple Leafs

Dubas has made it clear that the Maple Leafs won’t trade Hyman to the Oilers unless they get an offer they’re satisfied with. It’s no longer in question that Hyman will be signing with Edmonton. Now the question is whether his contract will be for seven or eight years.

And Dubas is pretty sure that he doesn’t want to help the Oilers save some cap space by helping them sign the prodigal winger to an eight-year contract – at least not for what the Oilers are offering.

As you can read from Kristen Shilton’s tweet, the Maple Leafs aren’t going to play that game just for the sake of getting something small. And, Dubas, who himself has been the victim of salary-cap woes since he began signing his Core Four forwards to the team – John Tavares, William Nylander, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner – is clear why he’s doing it.

Dubas announced, “I know that there’s a narrative that we should just get something, but you’re saving a team significant dollars on the salary cap [with that 8th year]. That comes with a cost, and we’re not going to bend on that.”

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So, How Does this Situation Resolve Itself?

I hope that there’s eventually some resolution to the impasse and that the Maple Leafs get a draft choice for Hyman’s leaving. If they do, Maple Leafs fans will have something to watch unfold as the story continues. That draft choice will be tracked and watched closely as he comes through the ranks. It will be fun for fans to engage in this Hyman-draft-choice watch.

Maple Leafs’ fans now can be certain that Hyman is gone. But, really, wouldn’t it be great if that lower-round draft choice became a Luc Robitaille? Robitaille was drafted in the ninth round (171 overall) and ended his NHL career having scored 668 goals in that 20-year NHL career – including 45 goals as a rookie.

That would be like Dubas hitting a home run after swinging at the third pitch with his eyes closed.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Mike Reeves

    July 25, 2021 at 10:18 am

    This could cost Hyman some lost earnings. If a similar situation happened involving one of his beloved top 4 Dubas would be tripping over himself to accommodate

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  4. Roscoe

    July 25, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Or like a Steve Thomas or Dino Ciccerelli, undrafted! Lol

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  7. LeafFanForLife

    July 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Dubie Dubas put himself in this situation by overpaying, 1st Tavaris, then Nylander and then of course Matthews and Marner. From there he overpaid Muzzin and for now and the foreseeable future he may possibly lose Morgan Rielly. If the Leafs don’t make the playoffs or make them but not advance, Dubas will or should be out the door with Shannahan possibly right behind him!!!

  8. LOL

    July 25, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Jim you are obsessed with Hyman, stop it! Most Leaf fans don’t care or are happy we aren’t signing him to a contract that will be regrettable within a few years. I don’t know why you keep writing about this, it’s done. As for Dubas I don’t think he really cares, he knows we can only offer so much. Just like you thinking he was staying, greed $$$ will make most people do anything. There are 2 types of players, those who want every last cent they can get(Hyman & Marner) and those who realize that winning while still getting paid millions of dollars are more important(JT, Spezza, every Boston Bruin…)

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