Former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Mark Hunter is not far removed from his departure from the Leafs and he already has to swat away rumors of his next move.
One of the rumors has him heading to the New York Islanders, joining former Leafs’ GM Lou Lamoriello, something Hunter addressed.
“Isn’t it quick how people want to (make those connections?)” Hunter said, according to the Toronto Sun’s Terry Koshan.
“There is nothing to that. I have not talked to Lou. Lou has a million things going on right now. He has bigger fish.”
Hunter referred to the Maple Leafs general manager gig, a position he interviewed for that ultimately went to Kyle Dubas, calling it a “job you dream for”.
Despite his disappointment, Hunter says he is not bitter over how things played out in Toronto.
“No, I don’t get bitter,” Hunter said. “People make decisions and Shanny [Toronto team president Brendan Shanahan] had his reasons. (I) feel good about what has happened with the team, where we have gone and where we can go. Sure, it’s disappointing. But we all make decisions and move ahead and don’t look back.”
Hunter will have to wait until June 15th to find a new gig, thanks to a non-compete agreement.