kyle dubas is out as general manager of toronto Maple Leafs.

The team said on Friday that it is “parting ways” with the 37-year-old, whose contract expired on June 30.

“I would like to thank Kyle for his unwavering dedication over these past nine seasons with the organization, including his last five as general manager,” Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a statement. “Kyle fostered a great culture within our locker room and staff, and he constantly pushed for our team to be better season after season.”

Shanahan was scheduled to address the media on Friday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena.

With Dubas the first domino to fall in what could be a summer of intrigue in hockey’s biggest market, attention now turns to his replacement, along with the status of head coach Sheldon Keefe and the future of star forward. Auston Matthews, who are close. ties to the now-deceased executive.

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The Leafs won a playoff series for the first time in nearly two decades this spring when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning before falling to the underdog Florida Panthers in a disappointing second round.

An emotional Dubas said at his season-ending news conference Monday that he was unsure about continuing as general manager, citing the stress on his young family.

Fans shouldn’t expect Dubas to join another club anytime soon.

“I definitely don’t feel like going anywhere else,” he added in what turned out to be his last media availability as general manager. “Will it be here or will it take time to recalibrate (and) reflect… but you won’t see me show up anywhere else next week.

“I can’t put (my family) through that after this year.”

Dubas joined the Leafs in 2014 as an assistant general manager at age 28 and led the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies to a Calder Cup title in 2018.

He took over as Toronto general manager from Lou Lamoriello in May 2018 as part of a succession plan under Shanahan.

The Leafs experienced unprecedented regular-season traction under Dubas, seen as a bright young hockey mind with a forward-thinking, analytics approach, during his five years in charge.

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Toronto set single-season records for wins and points, going 221-109-42 in his tenure. Dubas didn’t shy away from big moves, either: He fired Stanley Cup-winning head coach Mike Babcock in November 2019 and replaced him with Keefe, but he struggled to find the right combination in the playoffs until this spring.

The Leafs lost in seven games to Boston in 2019, fell to Columbus in the 2020 pandemic-required qualifying round and blew a 3-1 lead against Montreal in a disastrous 2021 collapse before showing promise in a tight loss to Boston. seven games against Tampa. in 2022 that laid the foundation for last month’s breakthrough.

Dubas offered unwavering support to Toronto’s so-called “Core Four” of offensive talent consisting of Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and William Nylander.

“As a person, he’s been incredible my entire time here,” Marner said of Dubas after the Leafs were eliminated by Florida. “Definitely a special person to have around. He cares a lot about his players and his coaching staff.

“Something we are all very lucky to have.”

His first big leap was luring Tavares, who grew up just west of Toronto, to a seven-year, $77 million contract in free agency after only a few months on the job.

A tough negotiation with Nylander followed, the winger missing the first two months of the 2018-19 season, before finally signing a six-year extension worth $45 million the following December.

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That set the stage for Matthews to sign a five-year extension worth just under $58.2 million in February 2019.

Marner then got paid seven months later with a six-year, $65.4 million deal, as Toronto allocated roughly half of its salary cap to four stars.

Dubas also made a series of trades and had no qualms about changing course, realizing early on that Toronto needed more grit and playoff experience.

He acquired Stanley Cup champion Jake Muzzin in 2019 and Ryan O’Reilly in 2023 with an eye to helping the Leafs get out of a rut.

Tight against the limit, Dubas also found players in the bargain bin, including veteran forward Jason Spezza and hometown product Michael Bunting.

Dubas remade the roster ahead of this season’s trade deadline by adding O’Reilly, Noel Acciari, Luke Schenn and Jake McCabe, continuing a trend of draft picks seeking immediate help.

They also had their fair share of mistakes, namely the signing of goalkeeper Petr Mrazek and the swapping of frequently injured goalkeeper Matt Murray.

Trading center Nazem Kadri, suspended twice in the playoffs with Toronto, to Colorado might be justified at the time, but he became a key contributor in the Avalanche Cup win last June.

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Meanwhile, Nick Foligno got hurt and played just 11 games for the Leafs after being acquired at the 2021 deadline.

Dubas finally seemed to get it right this spring in the Leafs’ six-game win over Tampa that exorcised a generation of playoff demons, but Florida’s emphatic 4-1 second-round win made most of those good vibrations faded quickly.

His replacement will have to decide what to do with Keefe, while Matthews and Nylander are entering the final years of their contacts and can sign extensions on July 1.

Both players have indicated that they would like to stay, but that was when Dubas was still in the fold. Matthews and Marner, who have two years left on their contracts, have full no-move clauses that will go into effect this summer, while Nylander will have a 10-team roster.

While Dubas couldn’t unlock a winning formula in Toronto, the GM’s passion was never in question.

He was caught on camera talking to Lightning fans this spring, wildly celebrating the Leafs finally making it past the first round and throwing a water bottle in disgust during the Panthers’ loss.

“I am an emotional person,” Dubas said Monday. “I am deeply passionate… I know that some people may not like it or be interested in it.

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“But that’s me.”

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