Leafs put GM search on the backburner
Toronto still has an opening at the general manager position, but it does not look like the Maple Leafs will be filling that opening any time soon.
According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, a new GM is low on the summer priority list for the Maple Leafs.
Brendan Shanahan says the #leafs GM search has taken a "back seat" to the draft/free agency. No guarantee they'll hire one this summer.Article continues below ...
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 23, 2015
The Leafs fired former GM Dave Nonis on April 12, and Toronto has operated so far this offseason with a group of player personnel executives led by 28-year-old analytics mind Kyle Dubas. Team president Brendan Shanahan and coach Mike Babcock are also highly hands-on managers, so they likely have significant input on any roster moves. But according to Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman, the current modus operandi is a huge vote of confidence for Dubas even though the young executive is not wholly in control of all roster decisions.
"Director of player personnel Mark Hunter is responsible for draft selections, so it doesn’t look like Toronto wanted to add another 72-ounce Lone Star steak to [Dubas’s] plate," Friedman wrote. "What it does say, though, is Brendan Shanahan really trusts Dubas. That’s big responsibility at this time in the franchise’s existence."
(h/t Pro Hockey Talk)
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