Brendan Shanahan being considered for ‘top hockey ops’ job with Maple Leafs

Brendan Shanahan being considered for ‘top hockey ops’ job with Maple Leafs

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Brendan Shanahan

There’s been no formal offer submitted by MLSE, and no formal interest from Brendan Shanahan, but there is “some level of interest” in Brendan Shanahan for the role of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs (or some variation thereof) on the part of MLSE Pres Time Leiweke, according to Bob McKenzie on TSN 1050.

The Leafs wouldn’t be the first NHL team to usher in a high-profile former player into a “President” role in their hockey operations, but this is unique in the sense that Shanahan never played for the Leafs (but he is from Mimico – insert joke here). Trevor Linden just took over that role with Vancouver a year after Joe Sakic was introduced in a similar role (Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations) in Colorado. Shanahan has zero prior experience in the front office of an NHL team. He has served as the NHL’s Vice President of Hockey and Business Development and, of course, currently serves as the NHL’s chief player disciplinarian.

Theoretically, Dave Nonis has the mulligan of bringing in his own coach, but the wild card is Tim Leiweke and how big he wants to go with the off-season changes. Bringing in Shanahan would at the very least put Nonis’ future up in the air, given Shanahan will have to decide who he wants to surround himself with. In Colorado’s case, technically-GM Greg Sherman has been marginalized to the point where he’s basically some sort of advisor to Sakic and head coach/Vice President of Hockey Ops Patrick Roy. McKenzie doesn’t believe Nonis’ role would be as peripheral, but the fact that Leiweke is considering the move suggests Nonis isn’t exactly secure in his current post, or at least in his current level of influence in Leafs hockey ops.

Interesting days ahead.

Brendan Shanahan is the new President of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
846 comments
HeatherRickAkin
HeatherRickAkin

I didn't much like Brian Burke's bombasity, but he did a lot more good things for the Leafs than bad. I tend to gravitate to lower key guys....like Dave Nonis , and yet I can see that Nonis' job might be a little precariously positioned, at the moment. He really hasn't had a long time at the helm, and some might suggest his big moves haven't worked out so well. Kessel ? I think he gets a passing grade on that one. Phaneuf and Clarkson ??? In the short term, easy to criticize .  The other move that comes to mind is getting Holland for a second rd pick , and Blacker, who is and was, down the depth chart of young defence prospects. At times you look at Holland and can clearly envision a top six forward (#2 centre ...maybe better ? ). Who knows. My money is on Nonis being around for a while and running things , even if Shanahan or whomever, get hired. I continue to believe Randy Carlyle is done as coach . I don't know who could come in, though, and whip this team into the combat mentality that is so necessary to win in the NHL. I don't mean punching someones lights out...I do mean either winning most of those board battles, or totally exhausting yourself trying. Not a lot of that in many Leafs, as the team is presently built. Maybe I am wrong, and Randy's replacement actually finds a way to get this team ornery . Hope so. 

Dudgee
Dudgee

I've heard that Sherman does handle a big hunk of the responsibility even if he is pretty much a back room guy in Colorado, and gets no credit. 

Mattmark
Mattmark

Perverse as it seems, the ideal outcome for us now would be for the Caps and Devils to stay ahead of us and for the Canes, Sens, Canucks and Preds all to pass us.  That would increase the chances (in theory by twenty percent, all other things being equal) of our having the kind of draft day we need.     

Cloud09
Cloud09

Well teams are set in the east. Wide open IMO, could see Columbus knocking out Pittsburgh.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

I should probably go to sleep since this will never happen. But it would be pretty hilarious if it did.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

He's getting a lot of Habs fan hate for this. Love it. keep up the good work adapter


Adrian Dater @adater 41m

That's why Montreal has zero shot in the playoffs. Can't close games. OT in playoffs will take away their loser points

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Mattmark  Agreed. Still, I'd like good efforts and valiant losses - if that makes sense - to wind down the season. 

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Mtl only has 1 more loser point than the AV's. Det has the most in the East at 15 but whatever

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@Cloud09 @BBirde  Well Cameron told me something that was slightly interesting in the Lupul for Brown trade. Everyone seems to want Weber and might as well give Phook Boyle like he's been crying for.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@ProfessorRance @Black_Hawk @Mattmark  LOL that would be the ultimate end to a disastrous season. Dont do shit to help us and then hurt our draft position. Think he would be hated even more then now and that's hard to do. 

Hmmm
Hmmm

@Shift_Disturber1 @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @BBirde @wiski  Fans can award 3 points if there is good entertainment value.  Maybe throw everyone on the ice for a battle royale, last man standing wins.  Cannot be won by stripping, that is no entertainment value unless you are Manon Rheaume.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @BBirde@Shift_Disturber1@wiski  Yeah, every game has to be worth the same # of points. I prefer 2 points for a win and 0 otherwise but if they insist on giving points after regulation then a reg W has to be worth 3. I think that would be the best we could hope for with this League


Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Hmmm @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @BBirde @Shift_Disturber1 @wiski  

That's fine...but end it after 10 mins.  If neither team was good enough to beat the other...assign 1 point each and move on.  3 pt games are bullshit.  And, imo, the entertainment factor of shootouts is bullshit too (it's simply something that was thrust upon us....so yeah, I'll watch and hope for the extra point....but the overall concept is bullshitl).

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@wiski @Shift_Disturber1@BBirdeFor example we are 11th in the East (effectively) with 38 Wins. Same as Detroit. We have 4 more wins than NJ and 2 more than Washington who both finished ahead of us

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@BBirde @Shift_Disturber1 @wiski  

Should take shootouts out of the game, period.  Take the OT to 10 mins...call it a draw with 1 pt apiece if it's not settled.  Tinker with it, if you will, by decreasing the amount of players on the ice....whatever.  But settle it with play...not a shootout.


ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@wiski @Shift_Disturber1  Besides Mtl is 6-3 in the shoot out vs AV's 5-4. I think |Dater must either be trolling habs fans or screwed up and meant Detroit