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Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan knew the dominoes could start falling when he named 31-year-old Kyle Dubas as his new general manager last month.
ESPN: There’s also a perception that had you kept Lou in place, none of this would be happening. That he stays GM, Kyle and Mark are still his assistants, and that this front office that has put the Leafs on the right track remains intact. So, why not keep him? What’s the reason to make this change now? Was it out of fairness to Kyle, to not keep him here on the promise of getting the big job one day?
Sportsnet first reported the two sides were close to an agreement.
Kane, who turns 27 in August, was acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline. Under the terms of that trade, the Sabres will now get a first-round pick in 2019 instead of a second-rounder because Kane signed with San Jose. The selection is lottery-protected, so it could be moved to 2020.
Kane’s status was one of the biggest questions heading into this offseason for the Sharks, who were knocked out of the playoffs in six games in the second round by eventual Western Conference champion Vegas.
Star Joe Thornton is the other prominent potential free agent on the team but has said he’s willing to come back on a reduced one-year deal.
Kane had issues off the ice and with teammates at times during his stints with Winnipeg and Josh Hill Womens Jersey Buffalo, but melded well with a veteran Sharks team and got the opportunity to go to the postseason for the first time in his career.
Elite Mens DeMar DeRozan Jersey He’s fit in well, teammate Logan Couture said after the season ended. You don’t listen to what people say about him before. Getting to know him over these last few months he’s a great teammate. He cares and he wants to win. He was fun to play with.