OK, everyone. Myself included. It’s time to apologize to Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas.

When the Leafs decided to move on from Jack Campbell, who looked like a potential Vezina Trophy candidate for the first half of 2021-22, to instead utilize a tandem with two goalies coming off of brutal seasons, most questioned if the move was worth the risk for a Leafs GM that hasn’t built a team capable of moving out of the first round.

In came Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov. Murray struggled when healthy in Ottawa and even went down to the AHL at one point. Samsonov, a 2015 first-round pick, ended up going unqualified by the Washington Capitals after struggling to earn the No. 1 role away from Vitek Vanecek. That left an uneasy feeling in the mouths of Toronto fans who were wanting them to hold on to Campbell.

It’s now December. Campbell has been terrible in Edmonton, and Toronto’s duo sit near the top of most notable goaltending categories. The complete opposite of what most expected.

On Tuesday against a strong Dallas Stars group, Murray had perhaps the best goaltending performance of anyone this season. According to MoneyPuck.com, Murray had a goals saved above expected at 5.979, the highest in a shutout effort since stats like that were tracked. MoneyPuck’s “deserve to win o’meter“, Dallas sat at 85.8 percent, pummeling Toronto around the net.