Maple Leafs front office has devolved into 'Game of Thrones.'
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Maple Leafs front office has devolved into 'Game of Thrones.'

Factions have formed in the Maple Leafs front office and everyone is out for blood.

Jonathan Larivee

A National Hockey League insider has just shared some rather concerning comments as it pertains to the front office of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the wake of the Kyle Dubas firing.

On the most recent episode of his 32 Thoughts Podcast, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman described how factions in the Leafs front office appear to be at war with one another. The factions, split by those loyal to the now former Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas and those loyal to Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, have both reportedly been pointing the finger of blame at one another leading to what sounds like total discord in the Leafs front office.

"I think there's a lot of shock," began Friedman on his podcast. "I texted somebody I know at MLSE on Sunday morning and I said 'How's it going there?' and he said 'It's like Game of Thrones.'"

The situation seems like an untenable one for the Maple Leafs with both sides, according to Friedman, leaking stories about the other to the media.

"And you see it," said Friedman. "You take a look at all these stories that are coming out now... all these stories are coming out about who did what, who vetoed what. Everybody who is pro Dubas is going hard after Shanahan and everybody who is pro Shanahan is saying 'Look he told you the way it all unfolded.'"

"Right now the smear jobs are all on everywhere," added Friedman.

A major concern here is obviously whether or not the people now split between these two factions will be able to continue working together as a whole moving forward. It sounds like this may also be a concern for MLSE itself, which could mean more heads will roll.

"I know MLSE," said Friedman. "I know the people who work there, I know the way it runs. They won't like the kind of stuff that came out this weekend.

"Do we have a situation where the Leafs say, based on what we saw come out this weekend, 'We're gonna have to make more changes because this is not going to work.'"