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Report: Treliving 'very high' on Maple Leafs' list to replace Dubas

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Former Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving is "very high" on the Toronto Maple Leafs' list to replace Kyle Dubas, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported during Tuesday night's edition of "32 Thoughts."

Friedman added that Treliving is expected to be in Toronto this week to meet with the team.

Treliving and the Flames agreed to part ways in April ahead of his contract expiring on June 30. Calgary trailed the Winnipeg Jets by two points this campaign to miss out on the playoffs for the third time in six seasons.

The executive was one of the league's busiest general managers last offseason.

With Matthew Tkachuk unwilling to sign a long-term pact in Calgary, Treliving was forced to send his superstar packing. Treliving was lauded for acquiring talented winger Jonathan Huberdeau, blue-liner Mackenzie Weegar, and prospect Cole Schwindt from the Florida Panthers in the summer's biggest blockbuster deal.

Treliving also signed unrestricted free-agent forward Nazem Kadri to a seven-year, $49-million pact.

The Flames hired Treliving in 2014. In nine seasons with him at the helm, Calgary never advanced past the second round of the playoffs and went through five head coaches - most recently, Darryl Sutter, who was fired in early May.

Calgary owned a regular-season record of 362-265-73 under Treliving.

Prior to joining the Flames, the 53-year-old spent time as the assistant general manager of the Arizona Coyotes.

Toronto, meanwhile, moved on from Dubas on Friday.

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said he would keep an open mind about potential candidates but noted that experience would be an "attractive quality," per TSN.

Dubas held the position since 2018. The Maple Leafs won just one playoff series during his tenure.

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