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Penguins Get Permission to Speak to Dubas, GM Hire Delayed

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Kyle Dubas, Pittsburgh Penguins GM search

The Pittsburgh Penguins seemed to be closing in on their person to be the new general manager, if not zeroing in on another for the president of hockey operations. That process was halted over the weekend when now-former Toronto Maple Leafs Kyle Dubas unexpectedly joined the job market.

Per multiple Canadian reports, the Penguins asked and received permission to speak with Dubas.

And the process is in a holding pattern until that interview or those talks occur. Dubas could be a candidate for either role. FSG has historically not shied away from expensive contracts to general managers, famously offering Billy Beane one of the largest GM contracts in baseball, as dramatized by the movie Moneyball.

The Penguins are believed to have narrowed their field down to a handful of candidates, including Eric TulskyDan MacKinnonSteve Greeley, and Jason Karmanos.

Both Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet and Darren Dreger of TSN, both Toronto based, reported that Toronto granted permission.

Given the Penguins’ progress toward a new front office, the conversations with Dubas might not drag on. Multiple Canadian writers, including Ken Weibe of Sportsnet, have floated the prospect of Dubas joining the rival Ottawa Senators as new owners acquire the team. Friedman acknowledged there is some talk Dubas could be motivated to join the rivals.

However, Friedman believes the Penguins will get to make their pitch.

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Michelle
Michelle
6 days ago

I’m all for interviewing the guy, but with the Leafs now in the same boat, FSG no longer has time on their side.

Joe Cursi
Joe Cursi
6 days ago

So Chakha Khan is out. I feel for him!

sam
sam
6 days ago

Interview him to get his thoughts, but his presser that led to his firing was a disaster and showed a lack of maturity and good judgment on his part. And I’d have a hard time agreeing that the Pens job is less demanding than the Leafs job. Just say no to Harry Potter.

#CleanSlate

Irish Protection
Irish Protection
6 days ago
Reply to  sam

This jerk is more arrogant than Sullivan! Well at least he won 1 more playoff series than Penguins in last 5 years! That was 1 by the way, very impressive. Wouldn’t it be interesting? Dubas who accused Shanahan of blocking trades, to Sullivan who can block trades.

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
6 days ago
Reply to  sam

A hard time? Wow. I guess you don’t understand what hockey means up north.

sam
sam
6 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Young

Dude, I get it. The spotlight, demanding fanbase blah, blah, blah. He’d have to put in the same long hours as Pens GM, maybe more since the hole dug by the previous lunkhead GM is quite deep. And in the end, his job security is going to be on the line based on his ability to turn around an aging soft team with no prospects to speak of. He got 5 years in TO. SexyHexy got 2 in the Burgh. So what are we talking about up in TO….heavier media scrutiny? Meddling ownership? Demanding fans? To quote Michael Therrien…Pffftt!

Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi
6 days ago

I feel this isnt going hurt the Pens search, the Flames closed their loop and the leafs are looking for an old retread and perhaps one of these other 5 as an assistant. I am not sure why Toronto is seen as a place to go. But honestly, why would anyone want that pressure when they can go to a US market and probably have 1/2 the stress without folks interfering in your process. You have to think the work environment here is 10 times better than most places. Its not the number 1 sport in town. Just seems like… Read more »

Irish Protection
Irish Protection
6 days ago
Reply to  Rich Filardi

Flames will hire a hitter. Someone like a Darche or Trevling who’s experienced.

Andy
Andy
6 days ago

Flames will hire Trevling? They just fired him

Matt C
Matt C
6 days ago

I feel like the job will be his IF he wants it. If he declines, the Pens will go back to who they were originally going to hire.

Greg Taylor
Greg Taylor
6 days ago

I wonder if they would look at Dubai only as GM or instead bring him in as President and have someone like Tulsky under him.

Greg Taylor
Greg Taylor
6 days ago

Dubas.

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
6 days ago

My only hope with this gm search is that they pick the right person who has enough connections and isn’t afraid to make bold moves and not sit on their hands. They are going to have a tough job for sure. The team has openings in top 6 lw, the entire bottom 6 forwards needs to be reworked, #1 goaltender will be vacant, and they will need to add some toughness to the defense. New hire will have to hit the ground running!!!