Shanahan Reportedly Vetoed Huge Trade set up by Kyle Dubas

Published May 23, 2023 at 7:50

Since the parting of ways between the Toronto Maple Leafs and General Manager Kyle Dubas, rumours have been coming out of the woodwork regarding a power struggle within the organization. It seems Dubas had to run just about everything he was doing by Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan, who had the power to veto anything he didn't like. We're now getting an example of a nixed trade that would have been a huge one.

The Trade

According to Insider Frank Seravalli, Dubas had set up a trade that would have brought star goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to Toronto, as well as Brandon Hagel. This is when both players were with the Chicago Blackhawks. The return would have been goalie Petr Mrazek and prospect Matthew Knies.

Knies is not a piece a team would give up lightly, but goaltending has been a big question mark for the Leafs for a few seasons now. However, for whatever reason, Shanahan said no and that was the end of it.

There have been several analysts who said Dubas wanted more power before signing an extension with Toronto, or perhaps for the President's role to be eliminated altogether. Instead, we have the Maple Leafs looking for a new GM.
May 23   |   326 answers
Shanahan Reportedly Vetoed Huge Trade set up by Kyle Dubas

Would the vetoed trade have been a good one for Toronto?

Yes, it addressed a need11535.3 %
No, it was giving up too much14544.5 %
I'm not sure6620.2 %
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