Major development between Kyle Dubas and the Penguins.
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Major development between Kyle Dubas and the Penguins.

The firing of Kyle Dubas has caused a seismic shift in Pittsburgh, and it sounds like things are moving forward.

Jonathan Larivee

It is a rumor no longer, the Pittsburgh Penguins have officially entered the Kyle Dubas sweepstakes.

On Saturday night, National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman reported that the Penguins had reversed course and would in fact be looking to pursue Dubas, the former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was unclear how that situation would unfold given reports that the Penguins were nearly done with their search for a new general manager, but now Friedman has provided even more insight into the situation.

"So on Saturday night we reported that the Penguins were expected to ask to permission to speak to Dubas," said Friedman on the 32 Thoughts Podcast. "As we tape this after Game 2 of the Western Conference Final, I hear that they do have permission to speak to Dubas."

According to Friedman if this is to lead to anything we likely won't have to wait very long to find out.

"So if this is going to go anywhere I think we are going to find out pretty quickly," said Friedman.

What makes this such an intriguing situation is that the Penguins appeared to have their affairs settled before Dubas was fired last Friday, but his firing has drastically change the landscape for that organization. Friedman all but confirmed as much when describing the situation as he sees it.

"From what I understand Pittsburgh was very close to ending their search," revealed Friedman. "I think that there was the possibility that we were going to find out who the head of Pittsburgh's hockey operations was going to be early this week. I believe that was the plan and that's where we were headed."

It seems Dubas' availability has now altered those plans, but whether or not he joins the Penguins remains to be seen.