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.
McKenzie "I think Shanahan is intrigued by the Leafs. He has deep roots in NY. NHL job works well for him"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) April 9, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
I should probably go to sleep since this will never happen. But it would be pretty hilarious if it did.
Hubby needs my assistance with something he's building in the garage.....have a good night, All....Later :)
@Mattmark hopefully we do lose but we always fuck it
@Mattmark Agreed. Still, I'd like good efforts and valiant losses - if that makes sense - to wind down the season.
@Mattmark Fingers crossed.
@Cloud09 isnt it det-Pitt?
@BBirde I would trade Lupul for Dustin Brown in a heartbeat.
@BBirde Yea you should go to bed.
@wiski Those teams stole our playoff spot. Well after NJD and WSH
@CanuckUKinToronto And only 20 years old.
@Gilbey93 Which teams wll make it out of 1st round then 2nd?
@PEIleafnation Good ole Goose egg
@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