The concept of “market inefficiencies” has become synonymous with Kyle Dubas in recent years. The bespectacled executive’s love for trotting down the paths less travelled is certainly quite apparent, and when it comes to which of these routes can be deemed his favourite, well, the answer is pretty obvious: the European free agent pool.
Boy, the Maple Leafs sure do enjoy fishing in foreign ponds.
Even before Dubas took over as GM roughly 18 months ago, Leafs management consistently made a habit out of plucking potential contributors from leagues such as the KHL, SHL, or Liiga, signing them to ELC-money, and then crossing their fingers in the hope that they managed to strike gold. Most of the time, they didn’t. Then again, that’s not really the point of a transaction labelled with “low-risk; high reward”. If even one foray proves successful, go ahead and pat yourself on the back.
Something tells me Ilya Mikheyev‘s performance had led to a whole lot of back-patting. And, in typical Dubas fashion, reports now indicate that he’s wasting no time weeding out his next overseas gem.
Meanwhile Kyle Dubas spent last 2 days in Russia talking to players he could sign …
Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation