I have to hand it the sports media in Toronto. They sure know how to manufacture a crisis.
Take the decision by Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan to install Kyle Dubas as the team's new general manager. There were two qualified candidates in Dubas and Mark Hunter. The Maple Leafs couldn't go wrong either way.
The recent news of the departure of Hunter and Dubas' predecessor Lou Lamoriello rattled those who cover the team. Some indicated there is a fracture in the organization.
But really the plan Shanahan had from the beginning was to have Lamoriello come into to be the general manager for three years then hand over the reigns to someone else. Pretty straight forward wouldn't you say?
I can understand both Lamoriello and Hunter leaving. Lamoriello had an offer from the Islanders that was more interesting than being a senior advisor with the Maple Leafs. Hunter was hoping to land a GM job and now will shop his services elsewhere. At the very least he can go back to London where he and his brother Dale have been able to operate a successful junior hockey franchise.
To sound the alarm of a pre-arranged change in the organization is nothing more than â€œfake newsâ€, or to use a sports term, diving.
It things like this that fans will continue to distrust the media, cut the cord, or go elsewhere to get their sports fix. Time to focus on more important matters, like how much it will take for the Maple Leafs to land a solid defenseman.