Lightning Round: Toronto Maple Leafs parted ways with GM Kyle Dubas

The Golden Knights took a lead in the Western Final

Lightning Round: Toronto Maple Leafs parted ways with GM Kyle Dubas
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It was announced on Friday afternoon that Kyle Dubas will not return as the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager next season. His current contract will expire on June 30 and won't be renewed. The Leafs playoff run ended about one week ago, following a 4-1 series loss against the Florida Panthers in the second round of the NHL Playoffs.

As the Leafs president Brendan Shanahan stated in his press conference, he doesn't see Dubas's time in the organization as a failure and mentioned that both sides were working on an extension, but Shanahan's thinking shifted after Dubas' press conference on Monday, after which he realised that Dubas might not want to be their general manager, which led to his final decision. Kyle Dubas' agent presented the team with a financial package later this week, while Dubas himself also told Shanahan in the email, that he's interested in the return. Shanahan informed Dubas about his decision on Friday morning.

Dubas was named the Leafs general manager on May 11, 2018, becoming the 17th general manager in the franchise history. Under Dubas as the general manager, the Leafs made the playoffs in each season, but made it past the second round only once during that span, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round this April. Amongst his biggest achievements as Toronto's GM are signing of free agent John Tavares in 2018 and extension of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander.

Former Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving is reportedly one of the candidates to replace Kyle Dubas. The Flames will not get in the way if Treliving receives a new offer before June 30, when his contract expires.

NHL Playoffs

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The Golden Knights took the lead in the Western Conference Final against the Stars after an overtime victory last night. Dallas trailed by the middle of the period period, but Jamie Benn tied the game with two minutes left in the period, sending the game in overtime. A former Lightning prospect, Brett Howden, scored the game-winning goal at 1:35 of overtime.