Dubas and Thornton pushing grey power on the Maple Leafs
In signing or re-signing six players aged 30 to 41, has Kyle Dubas erred in turning Scotiabank Arena from a daycare centre into a seniors home?
The latest and most newsworthy addition of literal graybeard Joe Thornton certainly has spiked the Maple Leafs’ dressing- room demographic — and likely the music playlist going forward.
This month’s roster remake would be more scrutinized had the young Leafs driven the car to the cusp of a Stanley Cup. But as they’re still looking to get past the first round, something new had to be tried, even if it’s an old flavour. Even their kid-friendly general manager Dubas thinks some “personality and experience” is required — and you won’t get a wiser owl than Thornton. He joins the returning Jason Spezza (37), newcomer Wayne Simmonds (32) and three who’ve just passed the 30 mark in Zach Bogosian, TJ Brodie and Aaron Dell.
“We were blunt with Joe about the team and where we want to go,” Dubas said on Sunday as he and Thornton conducted a media Zoom call. “We told him: ‘This is what we have to offer’. Everyone knows we haven’t reached the goals we’ve aspired to yet and we think you could be a big help.”
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