Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Toronto Grants Avalanche Permission to Speak to Kyle Dubas

The Toronto Maple Leafs gave the Colorado Avalanche permission to speak to Leafs' Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas, says Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. But nobody is quite sure of the specifics. Joe Sakic is still the Avalanche's GM, and Dubas is thought by many to be next in line for the General Manager job in Toronto when Lou Lamoriello steps down. The 31-year-old is also currently the General Manager of the Toronto Marlies.

Dubas' name came up in rumors last year, when his services were reportedly being sought by the Coyotes, and some thought he might be in the running for the Sabres General Manager job, which was recently awarded to former Penguins Assistant GM Jason Botteril.

Could this be a plan hatched by the Leafs to have Dubas go to Colorado, trade them Nathan MacKinnon for a bag of pucks, then return to Toronto in a few year's time?