We updated the Toronto Maple Leafs GM search earlier tonight Insider Trading. More specifically, all signs now point to the search wrapping up in the very near future with Brad Treliving being named as the new GM.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 31, 2023
Pierre LeBrun reported earlier this evening that Marc Bergevin had spoken with Brendan Shanahan for many hours, but that Brad Treliving really seemed to be the #1 candidate targeted by the Toronto team’s staff.
Treliving and the Flames announced a mutual break-up last month. The Leafs, on the other hand, fired Kyle Dubas only a week and a half ago. Dubas is in the process of being named GM of the Penguins, even though he had initially indicated that it would be “Toronto or nothing” in 2023-2024.
In office since 2014, Treliving had won only two series in nine years with the Flames, not including the club’s 2020 qualifying-phase victory on the bubble.
Among Treliving’s good moves, however, was the deal that sent Dougie Hamilton to the Hurricanes (among others) in return for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm.
One might have expected the Leafs to want to get their hands on a field hockey man who has already won the Stanley Cup, or at least delivered a long playoff run. Treliving doesn’t have that pedigree.