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Leafs and Mark Hunter mutually agree to part ways

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Hunter was part of the Leafs front office since 2014.

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The winds of change continue in the Leafs front office. Kyle Dubas got promoted, Lou Lamoriello turned his sights to the New York Islanders, and now Mark Hunter is the latest ball to drop.

Signs of this came after Elliotte Friedman’s tweet last night. Hunter wasn’t with the Leafs at the Memorial Cup fueling the flame of his departure from the organization. What he will do after, is unknown, but we know now for sure that it won’t be in Toronto.

Hunter joined the Leafs front office in 2014 as the Director of Player Personnel and was promoted a year later to Assistant General Manager along with Dubas after Red Sunday that saw the likes of Dave Nonis and Peter Horachek lose their jobs. Since then, it’s been all about adding young talent to the system.

The likes of William Nylander, Travis Dermott, and Carl Grundstrom to name a few have been drafted in Hunter’s time here. You also can’t forget the Hunter vs. Babcock debate as to who the Leafs should've selected fourth-overall in 2015. The former won that battle, and thus Mitch Marner became a Maple Leaf.

Regardless of where he goes, Hunter’s fingerprint will be found throughout the team, especially with Pierre Engvall and Jesper Lindgren, 2014 seventh and 2015 fourth-round pick, receiving their first NHL contracts.

With Hunter’s departure, the reigns are now completely in Dubas’ hands. It looks like we’ll have to wait for the next holiday for the next page in the Leafs handbook to be changed.

Edited because both Nylander and Engvall were drafted the year before Hunter arrived.

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