Sportsnet reported Friday the Islanders and the former Maple Leafs and Devils general manager have talked about a position in the organization. It'll be interesting to see if the veteran National Hockey League executive is willing to leave his job as an advisor in Toronto to join a struggling Islanders franchise. May. But Dubas knows the organization as well as anyone, and his ability to build bridges when it comes to hockey's major modern philosophical debate - analytics vs.an "old-school", eyeball-test approach - appealed to Shanahan, who gave Dubas a five-year contract as GM. That specific report surfaced late Friday night, but speculation on Lamoriello's possible departure has increased gradually ever since Leafs president Brendan Shanahan moved Lamoriello into a special advisor role two weeks ago - essentially phasing him out of the team's future plans.
Dubas grew up around the Greyhounds, his grandfather coaching them and his father interning with them, and he first joined the OHL club as a scout while still attending Brock University.More news: United States will help China's ZTE 'get back into business'
Dubas' responsibilities had included player personnel, managing the club's player development department, farm system and research & development. Dubas compiled a 190-90-20-4 record as Marlies GM, and has helped groom eight current Leafs players - forwards Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Andreas Johnsson, Kasperi Kapanen, Josh Leivo and William Nylander, and defencemen Connor Carrick and Travis Dermott - at the AHL level.
At the time of his hiring by Sault Ste.More news: Catalan separatists want to re-elect fugitive ex-leader
In 2015, Forbes magazine named Dubas as one of the sports industry's brightest young stars in its annual Top 30 Under 30 in Sports list.More news: British tourists 'kidnapped' at Virunga wildlife park in Democratic Republic of Congo
Under Dubas' watch, the Marlies won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy (awarded to the AHL's best team during the regular-season) in two of the last three seasons. Gord Stellick became the league's then-youngest general manager at 30 when he was hired as GM in April 1988.
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