Dubas: 'Nothing off the table' for Leafs this offseason
Should Kyle Dubas remain the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager this summer, the team could be in store for significant changes.
"I would consider anything with our group here that would allow us a better chance to win the Stanley Cup," Dubas said Monday during the team's end-of-season availability, according to ESPN's Kristen Shilton. "I would take nothing off the table at all."
Dubas cited the Florida Panthers' blockbuster trade with the Calgary Flames to acquire Matthew Tkachuk for Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar, among other assets, as an example, per Sportsnet's Luke Fox.
The Maple Leafs advanced to the second round for the first time since 2004 before flaming out in five games against the Panthers.
Dubas lauded head coach Sheldon Keefe's adjustments during the postseason but said that "there still needs to be a full evaluation of everything," according to TSN.
Dubas has been the Maple Leafs' GM since May 2018. His contract is set to expire this summer. He was noncommittal about his future in Toronto but said he wouldn't serve as general manager for another team this summer, per The Hockey News' David Alter.
Defenseman Morgan Rielly spoke of his admiration for Dubas earlier in the day.
"I think the world of Kyle," Rielly said.
"He's a world-class GM," he added. "I'm not in charge of what happens with his contract, but everything he did was in the team's best interest, and he put us in a position where we had a chance to play and to win and to succeed. Ultimately, the players are the ones that were on the ice at the end of the season."
Leafs president Brendan Shanahan is set to speak to the media later this week.