House Hire: Toronto Maple Leafs appoint Kyle Dubas new general manager

Kyle Dubas

Kyle Dubas

The Toronto Maple Leafs stayed in-house for their new general manager, choosing Kyle Dubas. The 32-year-old was originally hired by the Maple Leafs as Assistant GM ahead of the 2014-15 season. Obviously, a move to Colorado never came to fruition, but Dubas opened up about what happened with that situation and much more during an appearance on Prime Time Sports.

Both Team President Brendan Shanahan and Dubas were asked whether the Leafs would look to add someone to their management team and while they were non-committal on Friday, there has been speculation that whether Hunter leaves or not, that Toronto will bring an experienced hand on board. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League.

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Former Wild GM Chuck Fletcher (son of Leafs senior advisor Cliff) was mentioned as a possible option last week, but in his "31 Thoughts" column Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman speculated that former Leaf and ex-Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis could make sense, since he and Dubas have a relationship going back to his days with the Soo Greyhounds. If we're talking experience, well, Dubas has been in leadership roles with successful franchises in the OHL, AHL and National Hockey League for eight years now - as long or longer than executives like Ferguson and Bowman were before they became GMs.

"We just kind of talked and I had no idea when I left where it was headed", Dubas said.

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The Maple Leafs set franchise records for points (105) and wins (49) this season but were eliminated in seven games by Boston in the first round of the playoffs.

"Everything that I knew and had learned told me that this was the right time", Shanahan said of the front-office changes. Marie, Dubas was the second youngest GM in OHL history at age 25.

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The New York Islanders are reportedly talking Lou Lamoriello about potentially joining their front office. Gord Stellick became the league's then-youngest general manager at 30 when he was named to the position in April 1988. Stellick started with the team when he was 17.

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