The post was originally published on May 11, 2018. It was republished May 11, 2020 as part of the Retro May look back at our work over the years.

Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas will succeed Lou Lamoriello and become the General Manager in charge of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the franchise has announced.

The move doesn’t come as a huge shock; Dubas has been viewed as the heir apparent for several years now, almost since his hiring in July 22, 2014.  In his time as AGM, Dubas oversaw the rise of the Toronto Marlies to an elite AHL organization and one with a solid chance at a Calder Cup this year.  The Colorado Avalanche apparently tried to hire Dubas away last year and were declined; this seemed to mark him as the GM of the future.

Dubas will be one of the youngest General Managers in the league, and is widely viewed as statistically progressive.  We’ll have much more to say about him shortly, but you can see our recent work on Dubas’ AHL reign here.

The Leafs are scheduled to have a press conference this afternoon where more details may be revealed. It’s the Leafs, though, they might not say anything.

From the press conference:

There’s no indication they discussed the new ECHL team at this briefing. If they post the video, we’ll add that.

Sheldon Keefe spoke to Todd Crocker about Dubas: