Kyle Dubas explains why he traded Kasperi Kapanen – and what comes next – the Athletic


Shortly after Dave Nonis was fired from his role as general manager in the spring of 2015, a Maple Leafs front office co-led by Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter executed a series of deals, the former bringing Zach Hyman back from Florida. . The second saw Martin Marincin (now the second longest serving Leaf behind only Morgan Rielly) boarding from Edmonton. And the third, of course, who sent Phil Kessel to pack, returned a package highlighted by Kasperi Kapanen.

Now, five years later, as general manager, it was Dubas who sent Kapanen back to Pittsburgh, the first domino to fall in what should be an eventful offseason for the Leafs.

About five hours into the trade – which saw the Leafs take the 15th overall pick in the October Draft, prospect Filip Hallander, depth and, most importantly, limited space – Leafs general manager explained his rationale for the move and what awaits the organization. .

Here is what we learned:

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