Kyle Dubas appears to take subtle jab at Toronto

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By now, you're surely well aware that the Toronto Maple Leafs parted ways with Kyle Dubas in what was a rather startling move. He's since been replaced by Brad Treliving, who had previously served as GM of the Calgary Flames.

In the meantime, Dubas has resurfaced in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, taking over the role of president of hockey operations. He's got his work cut out for him, especially given the fact that the Penguins trio of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang are all officially in the twilight years of their NHL careers.

Dubas spoke at length at his introductory press conference earlier this month at how welcoming the organization as well as the city has been to him and his young family, and he's taken it a step further earlier today in what some are calling a subtle jab at Toronto.

"I think the thing that's really impressed me has just been the quality of the people here and frankly, how comfortable it's been in the city already not just for me but for my family," Dubas said during a press conference Friday. "I think for us, I'm from Sault Ste. Marie, the time in Toronto, I think the city is much larger. It's a great city, but here it just feels a little bit more like home and what it was like growing up."

"You never know what you're going to get into when you make that type of move," he added. "It's been, for the first three weeks anyway, we haven't lost any games yet, so the people have been very, very kind. But it's been great that way."

Dubas also explained that he's not planning on going after any "flashy" free agents on the open market this summer.

"If that's where we go into, they'll probably be more subtle bets and we'll need to hit on them in order to have success," Dubas said. "But I don't think you'll see us in the market for the long-term, highly expensive forwards, especially in free agency."

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Source: Sportsnet