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Maple Leafs Exit Interviews Reveal Divisions and Finger-Pointing Among Players

The sudden firing of now-former general manager Kyle Dubas last Friday has dominated news coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the past four days, focusing all attention on their front office.

However, there might be a completely other drama currently taking place in the Toronto Maple Leafs locker room as the drama in the front office plays out. Although none of the Leafs’ players have publicly criticized one another, it sounds like they were much more inclined to do so following yet another postseason disappointment.

According to National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman, several Maple Leafs players were quite critical of their teammates during the exit interviews that were conducted at the conclusion of the season.

“I heard that Toronto’s exit interviews we’re pretty tough,” said Friedman on the 32 Thoughts Podcast. “I heard that Toronto players were pretty blunt.”

However, the fact that Friedman’s source seems to be a player in that exact same locker room makes this specific tidbit of information so convincing.

“What this player told me is that they think you should keep an eye on what maybe unfolds over the next few weeks,” revealed Friedman. “Because he thinks some of the players were really blunt about why it didn’t work.”

In the upcoming weeks, we will undoubtedly hear more about who said what, either through stories that leak or through the changes that some of those statements are certain to bring about.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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