According to Pierre LeBrun, Kyle Dubas has declined to touch upon the insinuation by Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor that the previous normal supervisor dragged out a call to stay the GM of the group after which got here again with a counter-offer that the Leafs in the end determined was a cue they need to look elsewhere.
Shanahan spoke with the media on Friday and first apologized for holding a presser on Friday in the beginning of a vacation lengthy weekend. He then dove into the timeline of occasions that led as much as his determination that Dubas was not the very best match for the Maple Leafs shifting ahead and that his determination to maneuver on was motivated by doubts Dubas had the eagerness to proceed on within the function.
Shanahan stated that he wished to retain the companies of Dubas because the GM and made a proposal following the NHL Trade Deadline the place he believed Dubas did an admirable job. At that point, Dubas expressed curiosity in staying however either side agreed it was greatest for him to talk together with his household and decide. Shanahan stated he made it clear he wished to maneuver ahead shortly and hopefully signal and announce a deal throughout or proper after the playoffs. Even although the Leafs have been shortly eradicated within the second spherical, Shanahan nonetheless felt Dubas had accomplished sufficient to warrant the arrogance of the group. But, once more, Dubas wished time.
It wasn’t till Dubas selected to talk with the media — one thing Shanahan wasn’t eager on with out a new deal in place — and feedback that it was a “very taxing” yr (one thing Shanahan stated he was instructed by Dubas privately) that he started to marvel if Dubas wasn’t up for returning because the GM. It was then that he started questioning what the group would seem like if another person was operating issues, however he additionally was hopeful Dubas would need to work out a deal.
The two sides spoke once more days later, nevertheless it was Dubas’ agent that despatched over a counteroffer to the group’s extension deal. Shanahan stated he then obtained an e-mail that Dubas was desirous about staying, however Shanahan had already been targeted on the concept perhaps this was now not the best match. In different phrases, Dubas’ delay gave the group pause and Shanahan in the end drove over to Dubas’ workplace and instructed him the group was going to maneuver on and never provide him the extension.
Did Dubas Misplay His Hand?
Some will marvel if what Shanahan is saying is basically the way it all went down. And, if it isn’t, what is going to Dubas say when it turns into his time to talk on the matter?
Some may also marvel if Shanahan’s feedback will encourage Dubas to take one other GM place to show him fallacious and show he’s motivated, does have the eagerness to construct a winner, and that he’s a greater choice than whoever it’s the Maple Leafs in the end select to rent.
If Dubas did need to keep and he was utilizing his press convention as a technique to acquire leverage on a brand new deal, it looks as if maybe he misplayed his hand. The concept that he may recommend he wasn’t certain he wished to be the GM would get the Leafs to up their provide and entice him to remain truly backfired and made it in order that Shanahan felt he was much less motivated to do the job and that’s under no circumstances what the Leafs wished in a GM.
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