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The Daily: Maple Leafs & Kyle Dubas Split; Thunderbirds Win Title

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The Kyle Dubas Era in Toronto is over and it’s left quite the mark across the league and Toronto. Team President Brendan Shanahan said an extension was in the works until it wasn’t. Dubas initially said he wouldn’t be in the league unless it was with Toronto. Who knows what will change from now.

Meanwhile, so many teams are taking notice as a new set of eyes with no attachment to the roster could mean players are on the move. Especially one or many of the core-four. It means the Blackhawks might be in this, too. Rebuild be damned, maybe this is a chance to accelerate it some more–even though it appears as general manager Kyle Davidson will do what he feels is more prudent. Regardless, the offseason just got a whole lot more interesting.

Blackhawks Trio Wins WHL Title

Nolan Allan had an assist as the Seattle Thunderbirds won 3-1 to capture the WHL Championship. They will now head on to play in the Memorial Cup, representing the Western Hockey League. Seattle fell in Game 1 only to rip off four straight and skate away with the title. Now the three Blackhawks prospects will get additional high stakes playoff experience taking the best of the rest in the CHL.

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