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Hours after the Maple Leafs appointed Kyle Dubas as the team's new general manager , it appears his predecessor could be on his way out of the organization. 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 joined the Maple Leafs as a 28-year-old in July 2014 to work under then-GM Dave Nonis following a successful stint as GM of the OHL's Sault Ste.

Shanahan and Dubas met with the media early Friday afternoon, and Shanahan noted that Dubas and fellow assistant GM Mark Hunter both were highly credible hockey people who vied for the position. Obviously, a move to Colorado never came to fruition, but Dubas opened up about what happened with that situation and much more during an appearance on Prime Time Sports.

Dubas added that Shanahan never made him any promises at the time about being Lou Lamoriello's successor.

The question now for the Leafs organization is whether there will be fallout from the decision to hire Dubas.

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John Chayka became the youngest general manager in National Hockey League history in May 2016 when, at 26, he was promoted to GM by the Arizona Coyotes. Marie Greyhounds. Lamoriello replaced Nonis the following summer on a three-year contract.

"I think that's really where my relationship with Lou was a big benefit", Dubas said.

Firstly, the new GM is only 32 years old, which makes him the second-youngest at his position in the National Hockey League - just four years older than the Arizona Coyotes' John Chayka and a whopping 43 years younger than Lamoriello, under whom he served as an assistant to the GM starting in 2015.

The Leafs have gone young in the front office before. "It gives me great pride to announce Kyle as the new GM".