Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs GM
Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

In Episode 43 of the MLHS Podcast, Anthony Petrielli is joined by @GoddTill and @dannyd1976 to discuss the new season on the horizon, the mood of the fan base entering a new regular season following yet another early playoff exit, and Kyle Dubas’ make-or-break year in 2022-23. 

Episode Overview

  • Habs 2022 no. 1 overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky looking awfully bust-y and the fond memories of the Leafs landing Auston Matthews via the draft lottery (2:15)
  • The mood of the fan base entering another regular season following a sixth-straight first-round playoff exit and the challenge of getting up for the 82-game schedule (7:30)
  • Kyle Dubas’ expiring contract, his tenure so far, and staking his job on this core — as well as a Murray/Samsonov tandem — for one more kick at the playoff can (10:40)
  • What is going to take this Leafs team over the hump: more from Matthews and the core, or more from the depth of the roster? (40:00)
  • The decision to let Jack Campbell walk and bet on a Murray+Samsonov tandem (44:55)
  • Mailbag: Assuming the Leafs have to move someone for cap reasons, who would you move out of Alex Kerfoot, Pierre Engvall, and Justin Holl? (50:50)
  • Mailbag: How big of a concern is the age of the Leafs’ defense group when hoping to contend for the next one to three years? (53:40)
  • Mailbag: What are your feelings on how the Leafs managed their cap? Should they leave a buffer and accrue space or use every dollar to maximize their roster to start the season? (59:20)
  • Mailbag: If you have to switch one left-handed D to the right or vice versa, which would you choose? (1:01:40)