One wonders if this was part of Kyle Dubas’s thinking this week → https://t.co/39x2MRcRTV
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) May 20, 2023
It’s crazy to think that the Toronto Maple Leafs’ long-awaited line-up and management shake-up will take place after their first first-round series win since 2004.
That’s why winning a round didn’t do much to change the inevitable in Toronto: a major clean-up.
And it’s already begun, with the news earlier this week that the team’s General Manager, Kyle Dubas, will not be returning to Toronto.
It clearly didn’t help that Brendan Shanahan was blocking trades made by Dubas.
In short, Toronto’s housekeeping is well and truly underway, and it clearly won’t stop with a simple change of direction.
We’re obviously talking about the possibility of one of the “big-4” players (John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander) being traded, but there’s more to it than that.
One of Toronto’s other unfinished business is Matt Murray.
He’s had some good spells, but he’s been injured more often than not.
As a result, he didn’t quite perform as expected.
The Senators withheld 25% of Murray’s $6.25 million salary in the deal.
That’s why the Leafs will try to get rid of him this summer, to make room under their salary cap to facilitate trades and other changes.
And that’s where a team like the Montreal Canadiens could be interested in Matt Murray.
Hughes received a first-round pick from the Calgary Flames to take on Monahan’s hefty $6.375 million contract.
Murray’s presence would allow the CH to trade Allen and give Primeau a chance, because between you and me, Matt Murray clearly won’t stay healthy.
In short, it’s an issue we’ll have to keep an eye on.
In a gust
– Sergei Bobrovsky’s resurrection is impressive.
And if you expand it out to a 7-game stretch in a single playoff season…he’s doing something we’ve never come close to seeing
(should note that Demko’s numbers here are in 3 games + a few minutes) pic.twitter.com/IQR4JkIosN
– Prashanth Iyer (@iyer_prashanth) May 21, 2023
– He and Matthew Tkachuk are currently dragging the Florida Panthers to a potential Stanley Cup Final.
He upset the Bruins. He ended the Maple Leafs as we know them. And now he’s stolen the first two games of the Eastern Conference final.
On Sergei Bobrovsky, who’s rewriting his second act in real time: https://t.co/668J8PYpyc
– Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 21, 2023
– Everything’s going well for the Panthers.
Matthew Tkachuk scores in overtime for 2nd straight game.
Sergei Bobrovsky has already blocked 100 shots against the Hurricanes
Aleksander Barkov also scores in Game 2 in a row.
A recap of Game 2 of this Eastern Final. https://t.co/QSHLYUHk2N
– J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) May 21, 2023
– Watch and review.
Alex Barkov’s goal from this angle is slick🔥 pic.twitter.com/mcgzb06q93
– Everything Hockey (@EHClothing) May 21, 2023
– Coming up today.