It was two years ago today that the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Kyle Dubas would be named the 17th general manager in club history.
The wiz kid had been serving as the Leafs assistant GM for the past four years under Dave Nonis and later Lou Lamoriello.
In his first draft weeks after his hiring, he selected former Soo Greyhound Rasmus Sandin in the first round, before taking another defenceman Sean Durzi in the second round. Durzi, however, was traded last year in a deal that brought back Jake Muzzin to the Leafs.
And the subsequent free agency period, Dubas made the biggest splash he could’ve. He and the Leafs upper management courted free-agent star John Tavares, who signed in Toronto for a seven-year, $11-million AAV contract.
If there’s one thing we’ve grown to know about Dubas, it’s that he has no fear to pull the trigger on big deals. On July 1, 2019, he traded Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen and a 2020 3rd round pick to the Colorado Avalanche for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot and a 2020 6th round pick.
He managed to get the Leafs out of the Nikita Zaitsev deal trading him, …
Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation