Point, Tkachuk, Laine, Connor, Carlo, Rantanen, McAvoy are among several highly touted RFA's that chose to wait until after the season to sign. I guess Dubas is the only GM who waited, or was it that these players wanted to wait? A lot of people like to think that Dubas isn't good because half of the people the internet want the Leafs to be bad and will bend anything into a rhetoric that supports that ideal. You sir, are buying into nonsense that is both lazy, and incorrect. Here is the reality of Dubas's work, he got all his young guys signed long term. Most other GM's can't say the same, most of the high priced RFA's signed for 2 or 3 years and all of those guys have QO's that are in the 10 million neighbourhood and some of those guys can just accept that and walk to FA. What are those contracts going to look like? Could you imagine if Matthews signed a 2 year deal with the 2nd year being over 10? He'd be able to accept his QO, get 10 or over and in a couple years be a FA and demand 15 million a season and get it. Instead the Leafs have him under contract for 5 years. Marner for 6 years, Nylander for 5 and Tavares is locked up for 6 more as well. Can Chevy in Winnipeg say that? For crying out loud, you are supporting Lou as some sort of old school hero when it comes to contract negotiations but he lost to Dubas in the Tavares contract negotiations and he currently has arguably the best RFA this summer who isn't signing until after the summer. So tell me, how would Lou have done better?
And if Marner signed an extension in the year prior to his ELC deal, do you think all those big name youngster would still have held out like that? NOT A CHANCE. I think you would be a fool to think otherwise. They held out because they saw first what Nylander did, and then were taking their cues directly from Mitch Marner. Had the Leafs, regardless of who the GM was, signed these kids early, as a lot of GMs do, there would not have been such a hold out this summer. As I will reiterate, Dubas has done an adequate job, but he has not done a good, or great job.
Go ahead and be satisfied with how things turned out, that's perfectly fine. However, know things could have gone a very different way with a different, older and experienced GM not named Kyle Dubas. I am sure people will throw the Tavares signing in my face. Honestly, even if Lou was the Leafs' GM, Dubas would have very likely, as the Leafs' top AGM, been integral in making that pitch. So, it's not really fair to say, "oh, if Lou was the GM, Tavares would have never come to Toronto". All these points are What-Ifs. I am just telling you, Kyle Dubas is not a good negotiator. End of story.