Noel Acciari Explains Why He Left Toronto for Pittsburgh

Published July 17, 2023 at 12:02
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Acciari Explains Why he Joined the Penguins

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been through some dramatic events this offseason. One interesting story is about Noel Acciari, who decided to sign with the Penguins instead of the Leafs.

Acciari recently signed a three-year contract worth $2 million per year with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was traded to Toronto last season, and it was the then-general manager, Kyle Dubas, who made a lasting impression on him.

«Kyle and I formed a bit of a relationship toward the end there in Toronto and he told me the plan for Pittsburgh.» - Noel Acciari

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Dubas' Influence

Acciari was convinced by Dubas' influence during his short time in Toronto to commit to playing for Dubas' new team for the next three years.

This move by Acciari might just be the beginning of Kyle Dubas' plan. Dubas, who shaped the Maple Leafs to his preferences over several seasons, is now starting over in Pittsburgh. It's possible that Dubas could be trying to attract his former players from Toronto.

While it may seem unlikely, it's important to remember that Dubas has a history of pursuing players who align with his philosophy. If his relationship with players like Acciari is any indication, we might see a significant number of players moving from Toronto to Pittsburgh in the near future.

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