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

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  • Dangle_My_Berries

    and so it begins….

  • rustynail

    Dangle_My_Berries  or ends :)

  • Leafs_17

    meh

  • WendelGilmour

    I’m not so sure a player with Shanny’s aggressiveness, and history in a winning organization would be a bad thing.

  • Xxxxxnew

    I didn’t think leaf fans liked the Mimico thing anymore because of Clarkson and Bolland.

  • rustynail

    WendelGilmour  player being the operative word

  • Xxxxxnew

    I’m starting to think we’re always going to be a bizarre organization because of our ownership structure and our shared ownership with other pro teams.

  • Yaknowwhat

    Loved shanny as a player…but he has no experience for this job…

  • Sundin_13

    Xxxxxnew  its irrelevant, just bring someone who can get the job done

  • Leafs_17

    Xxxxxnew  looks like getting local players (even tho its what we wanted for years) isn’t the answer

  • Leafs_17

    Xxxxxnew  have been for decades and it still goes on and on

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/Steve_Dangle https://twitter.com/Steve_Dangle/status/454016162901131264
    “Leafs – this is Brendan Shanahan. You may remember him as the guy who suspended like half of you this year. Some of you twice.”

  • Yaknowwhat

    I like Nonis because I know he’s patient and he won’t trade good young players….trust me…we could do alot worse than Nonis…

  • Savo43

    Leafs_17 Xxxxxnew  No…looks like getting the average local players isn’t the answer.

  • Leafs_17

    Yaknowwhat  what exactly does a President do for a NHL team anyways other then just being a figure head

  • Leafs_17

    Savo43 Leafs_17 Xxxxxnew  well we are not getting any of the star players so it would seem, so forget that plan

  • Savo43

    rustynail WendelGilmour  His buddy Yzerman is alright. Shannahan is in league office and has been around the game watching more film on players than half the coaches out there. My guess is he might know a thing or two about the league.

  • Leafs_17

    KeonsGhost Yaknowwhat  it would be better in this current situation

  • Savo43

    rustynail WendelGilmour  Hell, if this is just a move to get Shanny more lenient on suspensions then thats cool too. Make he’s just flattering him to get on his good side for future considerations lol.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    So are they bringing in Shanahan so he can tell Nonis what to do? Do we have Leiweke telling Shanahan what to tell Nonis to do? 
    Fuck, I preferred when we just had Burkie running the show.

  • Yaknowwhat

    He’s had the gm job for how long? Give him 3-4 years at least…

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Alec Brownscombe  who knows.

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Been curious where this would go. Leiweke gave the President title/power to his GM hire for the Raptors but not to Nonis.

  • Yaknowwhat

    We got a four headed monster now….why make it five?

  • rustynail

    Alec Brownscombe  was worried about this when Burkie got the axe

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Wendel Clark for president !

  • whalz

    Seems like the same setup as when Peddie told JFJ what to do.

  • Savo43

    Too many opinions before results. Who cares. Good hockey name, played for Scotty Bowman and a part of a winning organization for years. Lets see. He’s not even in the fold yet lol.

  • Yaknowwhat

    Agree on that…this dumb,dumb,dumb!

  • rustynail

    whalz  eerie familiarity

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    MikeGartner11  Oh sure, why not… Messier as VP for heart, intestinal fortitude and compete level. Ed Belfour VP for media relations…now THAT would be a good hire.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Savo43  Ken Dryden

  • Savo43

    ingy56 Savo43  Good goalie.

  • rustynail

    Savo43 ingy56  crap president

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Bobsyouruncle  Maybe he will but he’s going to make him interview for it.

  • Savo43

    rustynail Savo43 ingy56  Sakic is good.

  • rustynail

    Savo43 rustynail ingy56  1 year in and Roy is basically coach/GM

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    rustynail Savo43 ingy56  Plus they did all their sucking before he got there. Nice little talent pool he walked into.

  • Leafs_17

    rustynail Savo43 ingy56  well lets see how far they go in the playoffs and if they can continue there success this season into the next season first

  • wendelsway1

    If nothing else, it gives us something new to talk about  :)

  • rustynail

    ingy56 rustynail Savo43  and 1st overall pick

  • Shift_Disturber1

    This has the possibility of changing the management group up. Odd but kind of interesting

  • Yaknowwhat

    Why do I have this feeling Lieweke talked to Grtetzky about the job but he declined, than Tim asked him who he would recommend and Gretzky said Shanahan…Lieweke looks to be in a rush to make a bold move….take a deep breath Timmy..and dont forget to think things through…

  • rustynail

    wendelsway1  the actual purpose, to deflect attention from being eliminated last night

  • mikeshaver

    mats sundin for gm

  • Yaknowwhat

    Constant change seldom leads to success…ever heard the word stability? This franchise could use some….

  • Pent_House

    Nonis is going to be fetching Boss Shanaban’s coffee

  • wendelsway1

    rustynail wendelsway1  Now that Burke’s gone…somebody has to do it

  • Pent_House

    KeonsGhost  Some one with some balls mang!

  • mcloki

    rustynail Savo43 ingy56  I don’t know about that.