There 'is a feeling' that Kyle Dubas has made his decision.

There 'is a feeling' that Kyle Dubas has made his decision.

The former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs may have made up his mind about his next NHL job.

Jonathan Larivee

There are a number of fan bases in the National Hockey League that are eagerly awaiting the decision of former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, including perhaps several fans of the Maple Leafs as well.

Over the course of the past several days, Dubas has been linked to both the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins but it would seem that there are those within the Penguins organization who believe that Dubas has now made his decision.

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman wouldn't confirm that Dubas is in fact going to Pittsburgh, but he did indicate that some of his sources were confident that it would indeed transpire.

"There seems to be a feeling, from what I understand, through people who talk to those who work in Pittsburgh, that they think there is a very good chance that Dubas is going to take this job," said Friedman on 32 Thoughts Podcast.

Friedman did go out of his way to state that he wasn't confirming this as a done deal, as he wasn't able to secure 100% confirmation from his sources.

"I don't like making proclamations myself until I know," said Friedman. "And I don't know 100%, but there certainly is a feeling from inside the organization that it's headed in that direction."

Dubas has already toured the Penguins organization and even met with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby last week so there is a lot of reason to suspect that things are advancing quickly between the two parties.

"I get the sense that they are bracing for that to come," said Friedman.

Dubas moving to Pittsburgh would take him out of the Atlantic Division, something that a move to Ottawa would not do, but it will keep him in the Eastern Conference and would almost certainly immediately elevate the rivalry between the Maple Leafs and Penguins.