It’s uncommon you get an unprompted excessive stage of transparency from an NHL crew govt. Nevertheless, Toronto Maple Leafs crew president Brendan Shanahan, talking to reporters in the present day, supplied an in depth description of the crew’s course of that led to moving on from general manager Kyle Dubas this morning, in addition to providing some ideas about the way forward for the crew.
To start final season, it was broadly reported that the Maple Leafs were not offering Dubas an extension till additional alongside into 2022-23. Per Shanahan, that’s precisely what occurred, saying he approached Dubas after the commerce deadline two months in the past to inform him he’d speak to Toronto possession about pursuing an extension. Dubas then knowledgeable Shanahan he was snug shifting ahead.
Shanahan, all through the stretch of the common season and postseason, then pursued a contract framework with Dubas’s agent. Dubas was then introduced with an preliminary contract framework after the Maple Leafs have been eradicated by the Florida Panthers in 5 video games within the Second Spherical.
Whereas negotiations have been constructive, Shanahan admitted to reporters his “thought course of modified” after watching Dubas’s media availability on Monday, the place he talked about the tolls of the season have been robust on him and his household, and there was a risk he would decide to not return to the position on his personal phrases.
Nevertheless, Dubas did make up his thoughts, telling Shanahan he did need to stay within the position as late as final evening when Dubas and his agent presented Shanahan with a contract supply the place a “hole had risen” from earlier talks. At that time, Shanahan determined the very best path ahead lay elsewhere and knowledgeable Dubas this morning the crew wouldn’t be renewing his contract.
One factor Shanahan instantly clarified after his preliminary statements are that these negotiations didn’t disintegrate over cash. For Shanahan, it was a shift in interested by who he wished within the position that occurred this week.
Shanahan says the crew’s focus instantly turns to hiring a brand new GM, saying he’d prefer to go with someone who has NHL experience in the role.
Shanahan didn’t touch upon the way forward for head coach Sheldon Keefe, nor was he questioned about it by reporters in attendance.