Dubas says he will act as interim GM in Pittsburgh until they can find someone to fit that position.
– Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) June 1, 2023
It’s a big day today for Brad Treliving and Kyle Dubas. Why are they here?
Because the two men, hired by Toronto and Pittsburgh respectively, were mandated to introduce themselves to the media from their new teams. Let’s find out what interesting things happened at the two press conferences…
Let’s start with Dubas.
He may have been considered for the GM position that has been vacant since Ron Hextall’s dismissal, but he was finally hired as President of Hockey Operations. He’ll be acting GM for the next few weeks…
There’s no need to hide. In Pittsburgh, there’s a lot of work to be done with the team on the ice because the core is starting to age rather quickly.
Malkin, Crosby and Letang are still excellent, we agree. But it would be foolish to believe that they have and will continue to have the same impact on the team for many years to come, and that’s where it gets interesting, because in reality, the Penguins don’t necessarily have a great bank of prospects.
Dubas has no intention of trading any of these veterans. He plans to build a club around the star players I’ve mentioned, and the team’s new employee also reiterated his confidence in Mike Sullivan.
The chances of Sullivan becoming the Rangers’ new coach have just taken a hit.
Kyle Dubas: “I’m going to be ON Mike Sullivan, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. … need to build out depth around them.” @TheAthleticNHL
– Rob Rossi (@Real_RobRossi) June 1, 2023
There are going to be changes in Pittsburgh, and it all started with the hiring of Kyle Dubas. It will be interesting to see what’s in store for the organization in the coming weeks.
Brad Treliving has a specific plan in mind
The Leafs’ new GM has made it clear what he’s looking to do in the coming weeks. His number-one priority is to sign Auston Matthews for the long term.
“Getting to Auston [Matthews] is a priority”
Brad Treliving is barely settled into life as #Leafs GM and already has a lengthy to-do list. At the top? Matthews’ next deal.
Oh, and there’s more on the core four and Sheldon Keefe, too:https://t.co/jlpqE5Gk4o
– Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) June 1, 2023
But keeping Matthews in Toronto doesn’t necessarily mean that the organization’s other three star forwards will still be there at the start of next season.
Treliving opened up on the subject because it’s a popular one in the Queen City…
And I love the answer he gave reporters when asked if he’d break up the Core Four.
It can’t just be about the Core Four. It has to be about the Toronto Maple Leafs. – Brad Treliving
“This can’t be about the Core 4. This is about the Toronto Maple Leafs.”
Are we going to see the Core 4 disassembled?! pic.twitter.com/URdzKXTr28
– Spittin’ Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) June 1, 2023
We know that Treliving isn’t afraid of making big trades, having traded Matthew Tkachuk to Florida as recently as last summer.
Treliving hasn’t openly said he’s desperate to trade one of his four star players, but it’s clear from his comments that he won’t hesitate to listen to offers.
Because, even if he hasn’t said so concretely, he sure sounds like a guy who wants to make a splash on the trade market. And, if he plays his cards right…
– My goodness. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard that name!
BOOM💥 : Former NHLer Zenon Konopka becomes the 4th Head Coach in Corvairs history. With over 700 pro field hockey games under his belt Konopka will take over the Vairs bench this upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/1mn47ClNtL
– Caledonia Corvairs (@ProFitCorvairs) June 1, 2023
– Great read on Mavrik Bourque’s first professional season.
– Matthew Vachon (@MatthewVachon_) June 1, 2023
– And the CH coach has the tools to succeed in this area.
– Stu Cowan (@StuCowan1) June 1, 2023
– That Jared Davidson is intriguing.
#GoHabsGo prospect Jared Davidson had one of his best games of the year when the Thunderbirds needed it most.
Davidson, who may be the most underrated Canadiens prospect, powered the win with a 3-point effort.
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) June 1, 2023
– On paper, these are two good teams. But will they put on a good show?