Maybe, just maybe, it’s not the end of the world.
After originally reporting earlier this week that Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas was holding talks with Colorado (likely to become their GM or at least some sort of promotion), Elliotte Friedman today said that’s not likely the case. On a Sportsnet 960 Calgary Radio hit, via Fan Rag Sports, Friedman said:
“I believe the window is closed. I don’t think he’ll be going. And I believe that Toronto closed the window. That initially they were willing to let him go, and then they weren’t. And so I think that’s kind of where it stands here.
“It’s an interesting situation. There was some pushback from Colorado at the beginning in saying that it wasn’t accurate and it didn’t happen. And I think that it’s possible that there were people in Colorado who didn’t know that it had happened.
It’s the most Leafs fan thing ever to overreact about the possibility of losing an assistant general manager, but it’s easy to say he’s already one of the most well respected in the league.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Dubas would jump at the chance to run his own team. That being said, a little or big part of him has to want to see out this project to completion, as he’s only seen glimpses of how good the roster he helped construct. For now, all we have is speculation.
This doesn’t necessarily mean Dubas will be with the organization forever, but it’s nice to keep him around for at least a little while longer.