Shortly after making a blockbuster trade that rivaled any of the signings and offer sheets that were produced on the first day of NHL free agency, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas made the following observation: “You can’t ever really rest.”
The young fella is right. Spot on, actually. And it’s especially true if you happen to be heading up the hockey-operations department for an elite team in the NHL these days. Welcome to the parity-driven, salary-capped NHL where revenues aren’t rising as much as everyone would like, the Canadian dollar is depressed and the players are sick of seeing so much of their paycheques deducted in the form of escrow. It makes for a less-than-robust salary cap and a constant challenge for teams such as the Maple Leafs. It seems if you don’t perennially have th...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.