Kyle Dubas faces another setback as potential GM role slips away

TJ Tucker
May 31, 2023  (9:37)

After all the talk of former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas landing in Pittsburgh, it appears a deal may not be reached.

According to insider Frank Seravalli, the situation has shifted and Dubas may be looking to take a step back. The insider appeared on a podcast yesterday and stated that while Dubas to Pittsburgh seemed like a done deal, there's been a change in the situation over the last few days.
"I saw a report in the last half hour from Mark Madden from 105.9 the X in Pittsburgh, a well-connected guy in the Pittsburgh scene, reporting that Kyle Dubas is closing in on a contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. That contradicts nearly everything I've heard. I have some indications—not firm enough to report with certainty—that there's been a lot of buzz in the last 24 hours that Kyle Dubas has indeed turned down the Pittsburgh Penguins... It seems there's a suggestion that the Penguins and Fenway Sports Group have re-engaged with some other candidates they were previously interviewing. This lends to the speculation that Kyle Dubas has turned them down. But again, nothing I'm comfortable sharing officially." - Frank Seravalli

Seravalli added that accepting the GM role for the Pittsburgh Penguins puts a GM in a difficult position if the expectation is to win immediately, which appears to be the case. Pittsburgh's core is aging rapidly.
"You might have a chance to win for maybe two more years, and even then you're going to have to move heaven and earth to make it happen. Then you'll start the tear-down process that's going to take five-seven-eight years or more, so you're looking at a 10-year span where the Penguins aren't going to be a very competitive team. They'll be like the Blackhawks. Are you ready to sign up for that?"

This perspective could significantly impact any decision made by Dubas. He took over a Toronto team nearing the end of its rebuild phase and made additions to strengthen the Leafs for the playoffs over the last few years. In Pittsburgh, the goal would simply be to make the post-season, as the team missed out in 2022-23. This task will get more challenging year after year, considering the current state of the Penguins.
Source: CBC
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