Dubas: ‘I don’t believe I’m ready to be an NHL general manager’

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The Arizona Coyotes could name a new general manager in the next week or two. They’ve already had “multiple discussions with multiple individuals,” co-owner Anthony LeBlanc told the Arizona Republic this week.

But whoever they end up hiring, it won’t be Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas.

“Very bluntly put, I don’t believe I’m ready to be an NHL general manager,” Dubas said, per the Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran. “I believe I have a lot to learn, and I believe Toronto is the best place for me to learn that.”

Many saw Dubas, 29, as a candidate for the Arizona job after the Coyotes stated their new management strategy would have an emphasis on analytics, a specialty of his.

The leading candidate to replace Don Maloney is rumored to be Stars assistant GM Les Jackson.