Rejected Offer Behind Pittsburgh Appointing Kyle Dubas GM of Penguins

Published August 4, 2023 at 3:16 PM

It sounds as though Kyle Dubas was not his own first choice for General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. A new report states Dubas, who will serve as GM and President of Hockey Operations in Pittsburgh now, was waiting on an answer from someone else. It's a bit of a surprise that his offer was rejected by the person in question.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the offer for the GM's position was extended to Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant GM Brandon Pridham earlier this summer. Pridham decided to stay put, despite the promotion.

"I think that Pridham decided to stay in Toronto earlier this summer and I think once that kind of move was known, that Pridham was likely to stay, I think that this was the course of action a lot of people expected," said Friedman regarding Dubas being named GM in Pittsburgh earlier this week

Dubas took on the role of interim GM when he was hired as President of Hockey Ops with Pittsburgh. At the time, he said he would stay there until around the end of July and then start looking for potential candidates. Now we know how that ended.

Pridham worked in the NHL's Central Registry and Central Scouting for 15 years prior to joining the Maple Leafs organization in 2014. Deciding to give up a GM role to remain an AGM is an interesting decision. One has to wonder whether Toronto has bigger plans for Pridham in the future.
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Rejected Offer Behind Pittsburgh Appointing Kyle Dubas GM of Penguins

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