Days before the NHL trade deadline, TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted out details of a proposed trade between the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs involving Marc-André Fleury, Brandon Hagel, and a package of prospects and picks from Toronto.
The deal never materialized, but after that rumor got out, Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas took to ESPN to voice his displeasure about the leaked information, telling ESPN’s Kevin Weekes that he was disappointed and implying that it came from somewhere in Kyle Davidson’s front office.
But after a week of overblown reactions, “The Battle of the Kyles” seems to have come to an end.
According to Pierre LeBrun, Davidson used day one of the NHL’s GM meetings to clear the air:
Kyle Davidson addresses GMs over the Toronto-Chicago leak brouhaha, NHL officiating gets discussed, and Sheldon Kennedy talks to GMs.
My Day 1 wrap from the GMs meeting for @TheAthletic: https://t.co/y8No1unJuf
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 28, 2022
LeBrun said that one GM (not Kyle Dubas) tabled the discussion of leaks during the trade deadline for discussion, but Kyle Davidson took it upon himself to start the conversation early and clear the air on the Blackhawks-Leafs snafu last week.
“It was a pretty public event and I just wanted to kind of put it out there that I take it as seriously as everyone else,’’ Davidson told The Athletic. “The event with Kyle was addressed privately, we’re good and we’re going to move forward with a good relationship.’’
Dubas conformed to LeBrun and The Athletic that Davidson did indeed reach out to him but declined to discuss the matter any further.
I’m glad that this is over because I’m with Patrick Kane in riding with Davidson in a hypothetical fight of the Kyles.