NHL Rumours: Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Search

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager

It’s time for another round of NHL rumours. We have one team in the Stanley Cup Final and we may have another soon. The Toronto Maple Leafs had aspirations of a long post-season run. However, there’s a wild off-season of changes set for the club. Former general manager Kyle Dubas has departed the club and left a vacancy. Today’s NHL rumours looks at the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager search and one name that is definitely in play.

NHL Rumours

Update on Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Search

Rumour: TSN’s Darren Dreger said that former Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving is the prohibitive favourite to get the job. Dreger appeared with Bryan Hayes, Jeff O’Neill and Jamie McLennan on Overdrive about this. The panel agreed that the Leafs would love to get a new general manager installed soon.

Treliving and the Flames parted ways at the end of a disappointing season. Calgary had put up some road blocks in front of Treliving talking to other teams. However, Calgary relented and eventually hired Craig Conroy as a new general manager. Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said that he would like a general manager with previous experience.

Fellow TSN insider Chris Johnston added that some names like Marc Bergevin, Jason Botterill and others that could be considered by the MLSE. There was also a long-shot mention of Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues, but he has three years left on his deal. It’s a coveted, but high-pressure job.

Where Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Search May Go?

Insider Andy Strickland agrees with Dreger that the job is pretty much Treliving’s to lose. Leafs owner Larry Tanenbaum is very familiar with the Treliving family and the dealings with Brad’s father, Jim.

A segment of Leafs’ fans would probably not like the move because Treliving being a retread. Some want Brandon Pridham or a younger thinker like Carolina’s Eric Tulsky to get a crack at the job. However, there’s going to be criticism of whoever Toronto selects as the general manager.

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