“All Signs Point To" Maple Leafs Having Chosen New GM

The Toronto Maple Leafs' search for a new general manager appears to be at an end. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, "all signs now point" to former Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving as the new boss in Toronto.

"What I'm told is that the process is nearing its end," said Dreger. "Brendan Shanahan spent a lot of time with Brad Treliving, and likes the fact that there's a high level of experience there.

"There's still some work that has to get done contractually, but again, all indications are that the process is about over for Shanahan and the Maple Leafs, and that Treliving will be Toronto's next GM."

Treliving spent nine seasons as the Flames' GM before leaving the team in April. He took them to the playoffs four times but they never made it past the second round. Overall, the Flames had a .569 winning percentage under Treliving. 

Kyle Dubas was relieved of his duties earlier this month after five years on the job in Toronto with just one playoff series victory. 

Treliving, once he takes the reins, will have some big decisions to make right off the bat, including trying to swing an Auston Matthews extension when he becomes eligible on July 1st, and an evaluation of Sheldon Keefe and what's left of the coaching staff. 

The former Calgary GM is certainly not afraid of making big moves, as he proved last summer, when he was forced to trade Matthew Tkachuk, who informed him he would not be signing an extension. Of course, the return Treliving got—mainly Jonathan Huberdeau—can be questioned in hindsight after the brutal year the former Florida Panther had, but the guts to make the move certainly cannot. 

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