The Maple Leafs’ front office shuffle continued on Tuesday.
A few days after senior adviser Lou Lamoriello left the organization, the Maple Leafs and Assistant General Manager Mark Hunter mutually agreed to part ways.
“Following extensive discussions with Mark, he and the Toronto Maple Leafs have mutually agreed to part ways. I’d like to sincerely thank Mark for everything he’s done for this organization over the last four years and I wish him nothing but the best in the future.” – Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan.
Kyle Dubas was promoted into the General Manager position following Lamoriello’s departure, a job that was likely coveted by Hunter.
Hunter had been with the Maple Leafs since 2014 after a great run with the OHL’s London Knights. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Hunter is not permitted to work for another team until after the 2018 NHL Draft and Free Agency periods.
TOR could have had Hunter run the 2018 draft but didn’t want someone who had expressed a desire to leave the organization doing it. So they agreed to part ways now, albeit with a condition on when he could begin working for another NHL team.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 22, 2018
There is no indication where Hunter may be headed next, but Dubas now has a chance to bring his own people in around him in his first offseason as the Maple Leafs’ GM.