Pittsburgh Penguins: Kyle Dubas Named President of Hockey Operations

The Pittsburgh Penguins have a new president of hockey operations as the team has hired Kyle Dubas to captain the ship. Dubas has been in talks with the Penguins for a few weeks, since being let go abruptly by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

There was a lot of talk about Dubas heading to Pittsburgh after he met with the Pens brass last week which included head coach Mike Sullivan and captain Sidney Crosby, who also made the trip to attend the meeting. Obviously both sides liked what they were hearing and a deal was reached.

Penguins ownership released the following statement:

We are thrilled to welcome Kyle to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Throughout his career, Kyle has proven himself as a forward-thinking hockey mind and embodies all of the qualities - integrity, intelligence, and an unwavering commitment to building a winning culture - that we value in a leader at the Penguins and within Fenway Sports Group. We have done exhaustive work narrowing down candidates throughout this process, but it did not take long to be impressed by Kyle, the reputation he's cultivated for himself in and around the National Hockey League, and his vision for the organization on and off the ice. His passion for the sport and ability to foster collaborative relationships with his staff, coaches and players is the type of leadership style that will undoubtedly resonate with the front office and set us on a new path for success in the near-term with our current championship-caliber core and beyond with a commitment to sustainable, long-term success.

Dubas' announcement comes 25 minutes before the Toronto Maple Leafs press conference to name Brad Treliving as the team's new GM, replacing Dubas. Oh the timing, folks.

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