Brendan Shanahan is the new President of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Brendan Shanahan is the new President of the Toronto Maple Leafs

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According to Damien Cox, Brendan Shanahan is set to leave his post as the NHL’s chief of player discipline to join the Toronto Maple Leafs in the role of President.

While his precise job could not be confirmed, sources suggest the Hall of Fame winger will likely be named president of the Leafs hockey club, not only president of hockey operations.
- Toronto Star

First off, what does this mean for General Manager Dave Nonis? If you believe Steve Simmons (something rarely advised, but this theory at least holds some water), he knew of the pending introduction of this role for some time while MLSE sought the right candidate to fill it. How exactly the chain of command is going to work is going to be interesting to watch unfold, if that’s the case. If not, will Shanahan be bringing in his own people? Is Nonis and/or some of his assistants are on the chopping block? Or is this window dressing, a figure head with a big name to throw into the front office mix?

What Shanahan doesn’t bring is front office experience for an NHL team, and he’ll be learning on the job in the most intense hockey market on the face of the Earth, at a time when it is at its toughest to work in.

Shanahan does bring league office connections, his revered Hall of Fame player reputation, and his knowledge of how a winning organization (Detroit) operates, at least from a player’s perspective. Could he be helpful in wooing potential free agent targets at a time when the Leafs – out of the playoffs again, with the Clarkson contract blowing up in their faces, player and team alike – are looking a rather undesirable destination again?

What has been so interesting about these past few seasons is how barely visible or heard from Dave Nonis has been, especially amid a collapse of this magnitude. During the 2011-12 collapse, Brian Burke was calling into every radio station and holding press conferences about demoting Colton Orr, while nary a peep has been heard from Nonis during this whole ordeal. That shift in GM persona was part of why Rogers and Bell made the decision to move away from Burke in the first place. Shanahan appears to come in as a new “face of the franchise” who leaves the conservative Nonis as more of a background figure, something that seems to come natural to him.

We’ll be able to better answer some of the above questions in the coming days and weeks. Shanahan is expected to resign his NHL post on Friday, with Tim Leiweke’s press conference to follow early next week. Leiweke has moved quick here to try to signify change is afoot in Leafland, and the timing – not waiting until season’s end – is no accident.

73 comments
Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Didn't burkie want shanahan earlier in the year too?

Zep2
Zep2

Good Irish broth of a lad, most importantly he comes from the GTA.

That he has no experience running anything seems irrelevant

Cup just over the horizon, can't you see it

lister
lister

Fuck it, why not...

That about sums it up.

traNsplantEdneWfie
traNsplantEdneWfie

Here's what I hope Shanny's contract is like:  $1M/year for 5 years and a $20M bonus for a Stanley Cup.  No rewards for just making the playoffs.  That will just encourage rediculous trades at the trade deadline to make it. 

Mattmark
Mattmark

Shanahan is unlikely to approve the kind of testosterone-fueled ferocity Burke championed.  He's spent years trying to steer the game away from it.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

whatever you do Shanny....dont get rid of Henny....hes my boy 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

wonder how much shanahan is gonna get paid. I mean I know its probably a lot or else he wouldn't have come.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

i really don't think our roster is that bad.....we have Bernier, Rielly, Gardiner, JVR....fixing this roster shouldn't be that difficult.....just need to add more men to this group and we should be good to go 

Mattmark
Mattmark

Our new exec has unfortunate initials.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

I keep forgetting Luongo is in FLA now

bob sacamano
bob sacamano

You would think that they did not hire  Shanny and then make him fire Nono right away. My guess is Nono stays until after free agency

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

MIMICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mike_84
mike_84

Everyone one gets there bullet. Tim now has Shanny. Shanny has Nonis. Nonis has Randy. Nonis will use his very soon.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

So I guess nonis is gonna be like Sherman in COL

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Haha nobody would work for the leafs

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Mattmark  Yes, and Detroit always won with skill throughout the line-up. 

lukethenuke
lukethenuke

@bob sacamano  very foolish of you.  If Shannahan/ Leiweke likes Nonis, he will stay.  If not, he will be quickly moved so the new GM has time to prep.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

You cannot let the GM you are about to fire make major decisions that impact the teams future

Zep2
Zep2

We need guys uniforms, not guys in siuts

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Jay_Berg  A million per year is still more than most execs.  When Burke got 2M he was the highest paid exec ever.