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Forum: NHLMay 26 at 6:07 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>A_Habs_fan</b></div><div>I mean, it seems like the true TOR Gm is Shanahan/MLSE so does it really matter who they get? It seemed to me like Toronto wants a yes man as GM</div></div>

From <a href="https://yyzsportsmedia.com/shanahan-dubas-the-divorce-the-media/" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">this</a> it sounded like that Dubas did have a lot of autonomy in doing his job; however for major transactions, in order to get approval to pursue it he would need to go to Shanahan and Shanahan would need to get the board to approve it. This season, Shanahan wasn't as involved in the team as he was in previous seasons and Dubas was getting annoyed that this process would take several days, and by the time he got approval (if he did), the opportunity would be gone. So Dubas wanted more autonomy in being able to pursue trades and signings.

I think the big issue is <em>why</em> the MLSE board needs to approve hockey transactions? I can understand Shanahan having the final say on this because as President of the team you need to oversee everything, but this should not be of concern to the board. For context, the board at MLSE is made up of both telecommunication executives at Bell and Rogers plus two other people. The executives should really just have an input on the financial health and security of the overall company, and no trade or signing the Maple Leafs ever do will cause a major fluctuation in that. This team could go 0-82 and they'd still sell out the building. Sorry, but the guys who are forcing me to pay out the ass for my phone bill should be concerned with if Erik Karlsson becomes a Maple Leaf.

Also, I think what could've broke the Shanahan/Dubas relationship completely was Dubas retaining an agent to negotiation the extension. There's more to whatever happened that we'll never hear about but it sounded unusual for a general manager to have an agent. Pretty annoyed we have to spend time speculating this, honestly. I have some very choice opinions on Bell and Rogers right now.
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