Daily Faceoff: Frank Seravalli on the way forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs and GM Kyle Dubas.
** NHLRumors.com transcription
Tyler Yaremchuk: “What stood out most to you about what Kyle Dubas needed to say and does this perhaps change your excited about what can occur on the GM place for the Leafs right here?
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Seravalli: “It’s doesn’t actually change my pondering. I imply, we’ve had, we’ve realized two actually necessary issues. You touched on them however to spotlight them for everybody; one is, we all know that Kyle Dubas isn’t going wherever else. At least in line with him.
And two, we additionally realized, no less than I realized, and that I reported this night that, the Toronto Maple Leafs, they wish to have him again. They made overtures to Dubas over weekend. When he took the rostrum on Monday afternoon, he knew that the Leafs wished to have him again.
So, it’s not like he was sitting there pleading for his job or stating his case or something like that. They’ve let it’s identified to him that they wish to have him again.
You’re proper, the arduous proper flip that was stunning was, the household half that I don’t assume that anybody actually grasped and/or didn’t know. Cause I feel it caught quite a few individuals abruptly, in and across the Toronto Maple Leafs group. So, that half I feel actually opened some eyes.
So, it’s the Leafs need Dubas again. Dubas isn’t going wherever else, however does Dubas wish to hold working for the Leafs. That was the curveball that actually form of stunned everybody.
I’m wondering what’s related to that although. You heard him make an impassionate plea for Sheldon Keefe. So I’m wondering if that could possibly be a part of it. I don’t assume it’s a monetary leverage play or negotiation tactic, as a result of should you’re household actually is and he appeared to get emotional, if your loved ones actually is stressed, I imagine he makes $2.5 million proper now. If you’re making $4 (million) otherwise you’re making $5 (million), it’s not going to make your loved ones any happier. He’s going to be a rich man regardless.
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So that half I feel you possibly can push apart, however I’m wondering about Keefe, and the opposite factor I’m wondering about is the autonomy. When we talked about earlier than and talked in regards to the friction that has been there at instances between Brendan Shanahan and Kyle Dubas.
Brendan Shanahan’s been targeted on a number of issues apart from hockey just lately. Dealing with a number of enterprise facet stuff for the Toronto Maple Leafs. But on the finish of the day, as group president, he’s all the time held the hammer and veto energy.
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