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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 23rd, 2014

Doug Pensinger

Leafs hire a new assistant gm.

On Tuesday, the Maple Leafs fired a pair of Nonis’s assistant general managers, Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle, and hired 28-year-old Kyle Dubas for the role. Now, major organizational overhaul tends not to happen at that level of management. However, if Shanahan likes the philosophy that Dubas has to offer, then it flies in the face of a lot of what has been extolled in the past.

David Booth signed with the Leafs for 1.1 million for a year.

It's been a busy Tuesday for the Toronto Maple Leafs. First, they announced the dismissal of two members of their front office, as well as the addition of 28-year-old wunderkind Kyle Dubas.

Then, mere hours later, they added to their on-ice product as well, signing lovable weirdo David Booth to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.

It's a low-risk move, a steal, and it, like the Dubas signing, speaks to a team beginning to get a sense of how to use analytics to their advantage. (One wonders if the two acquisitions are in any way connected. I'd hazard a guess that they are.)

Vanek appeared in a US court for an ongoing sports gambling investigation.

Steve Bartlett, agent for the NHLer who reportedly hasn’t been charged, said in a statement on Vanek’s behalf: "Representatives of the U.S. Federal Government have asked for my cooperation in an investigation. I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution. I will fully cooperate with the U.S. Federal authorities in their investigation or in any proceedings arising out of it."

Bartlett added that Vanek "is not under suspicion" in the case, connected to the Marina Restaurant and Bar in Charlotte.