Cont’d: “…he thinks that’s what the Leafs would have done. If Matthews hadn’t signed with Dubas there they would have kept him and they believe they would have gotten it done. Now, nobody is really sure, so that’s obviously the biggest story”.
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) May 22, 2023
It’s decision time for the Leafs. We’re still waiting to hear who will be the team’s next general manager, and the man who gets the chance to replace Kyle Dubas will have some big, big choices to make this summer.
At his last press conference, Dubas made it clear that he would not hesitate to listen to offers for his top players. By sending the message that there are no untouchables in the line-up, he was opening the door to huge changes in the Toronto line-up…
But now he’s out of a job. Will his replacement have the same vision? That’s the question on everyone’s mind right now.
In his podcast, Elliotte Friedman said that a Leafs player had texted him saying he wasn’t sure Matthews would have extended his contract before July 1 even if Dubas was still the general manager.
Why not? Mainly because of all the potential lineup changes to come.
This same player also confided that he was confident the Leafs would handle the situation as the Bruins did with David Pastrnak this year. Boston took a risk in waiting before offering him a contract extension, since the organization thought he wanted to stay in town…
And in the end, it worked, as Pasta decided to sign an eight-year contract binding him to the team until the end of the 2030-2031 season.
We should also point out that Matthews has reiterated his desire to play for the Leafs for the long term…
But the whole situation is unclear at the moment because of all the uncertainty hanging over the organization.
Yikes. Let’s just say it’s still pretty nebulous in the end.
If we can agree on one thing, it’s that the future of the man who scored 60 goals in Toronto’s 2021-2022 season is more uncertain than ever.
It seems that the chances of him leaving by way of transaction or on the free agent market are great, almost enormous…
– Interesting stuff.
Sources: Dave Nonis will be joining #Flames alongside incoming GM Craig Conroy in a senior management role. Ownership was very impressed by Nonis in interview process.
Belief is Jarome Iginla will also be in the fold in an advisory or consultant role to start.#DailyFaceoff
– Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 22, 2023
– He was good. Very good.
Marco Rossi has been named the MVP of the Austrian team in the #IIHFWorlds, as well as the best player of today’s match. Austria stays in the elite group of the World Championship.
Rossi scored a goal today (4-3 win), making it a total of 1 goal and 5 assists in the tournament. pic.twitter.com/zMqBo6EyqQ
– MNW Young Guns (@mnwprospects) May 22, 2023
– Hmmmm .
– Rob Rossi (@Real_RobRossi) May 22, 2023
– The Brock Purdy rule!