NHL Rumors: Doug Armstrong would be ideal for the Maple Leafs but is very unlikely

TSN: Darren Dreger keeps in mind that the Toronto Maple Leafs have actually talked with Brad Treliving as Brendan Shanahan look for a brand-new GM that is experienced. There is no timeline for the Leafs to call their GM. There has actually been speculation about St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

“A high-ranking source within the Blues’ organization describes the speculation as fabrication. They value Doug Armstrong because of the work that he’s done as general manager, very successful GM and he’s also under contract. So it’s unlikely Armstrong is going anywhere.”

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Pierre LeBrun includes that the Leafs have actually spoken internally about Doug Armstrong as he’d be a perfect prospect. The Leafs would require to method Blues and request authorization to speak to him, or Armstrong would need to state to his employers that it’s an unique chance for him and if he might speak to them.

“Again, it seems like a long shot, but you understand why the speculation is out there, because he would be the ideal fit in Toronto.”

Lance Hornby: “Doug Armstrong’s name keeps coming up on Leafs’ rumour list, but at what price? They’d have to work something as he’s contracted in St. Louis for a few years and there’s already one first rounder the Leafs owe them from the ROR trade, one of 5 picks Army has in the first 3 rounds”

Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic: It’s not unexpected that Doug Armstrong’s name has actually developed Toronto Maple Leafs searching for a knowledgeable GM. He’d be a terrific fit.

Brendan Shanahan would be doing his due diligence however phoning the St. Louis Blues to see if he might get authorization to speak to Armstrong. So it makes good sense for the Leafs to attempt, however it doesn’t make good sense for the Blues to enable him to leave.

Armstrong is under agreement through 2025-26, doesn’t have an out-clause and would require authorization. He does have power in St. Louis with all hockey choices, something that might not be a choice in Toronto with Shanahan there.

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It appears extremely not likely that owner Tom Stillman would enable Brendan Shanahan authorization to talk to Armstrong. The just method Armstrong might get to speak to the Leafs was if he went Stillman and asked if he could, which would be a high order provided all that they’ve provided for him.

Andy Strickland: There have actually been some reports/speculation that St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong has an “out-clause” in his agreement with the Blues. According to a source, that is not real, he does not have an “out-clause.”

Armstrong has actually 3 years left on his agreement and a huge offseason ahead of him.

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Greg Wyshynski: “I can’t wait to learn if this GM Doug Armstrong talk in Toronto winds up being (a) echo chamber opinion or (b) a source sending out smoke signals to TML through media proxies or (c) the marketplace attempting to will something into presence. Stay tuned! (FWIW, he’d be best there.)


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