Pittsburgh Penguins owners Fenway Group have reportedly been given permission to speak to former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, according to TSN Hockey’s Darren Dreger.
The Penguins are looking for a new general manager after firing general manager Ron Heckstall and chairman Brian Burke in April. The club finished with a 40-31-11 record and missed the playoffs for the first time in 16 seasons.
Maple Leafs president Brenden Shanahan announced that Dupas would not return as the Leafs’ general manager last Friday after nine seasons with the organization.
Dubas, 37, called the 2022-23 season “very stressful” and said in his season-closing press conference that if he continues in the NHL, it will only be with the Maple Leafs.
“I certainly have no intention of going anywhere else,” Dubas said of the expected interest from other teams. “Either it is [Toronto] Or take the time [away] reflects. You won’t see me next week taking me somewhere else. I can’t put this on my family after this year. »
Dubas first joined the Leafs in 2014 as an assistant for GM after three seasons as general manager of the Ontario Salt Lake City Hockey League. Mary Livers. During his time as a GM assistant, Dubas also served as the general manager of the NFL’s Toronto Marlies with whom he won the Calder Cup in 2018. Dubas took over the Leafs’ GM role in 2018 when Lou Lamoriello’s contract was not renewed.
While the Dubas Leafs’ teams have been to the playoffs in each of his seasons as general manager, the team has only won one series—against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the current playoffs—during his tenure. in the lead and has not made it beyond the second round of qualifying since 2002.
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