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.
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
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.
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.
wonder how much shanahan is gonna get paid. I mean I know its probably a lot or else he wouldn't have come.
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
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
Everyone one gets there bullet. Tim now has Shanny. Shanny has Nonis. Nonis has Randy. Nonis will use his very soon.
Alrighty, I predicted this, now just need Leiweke to get Blake as GM and/or Hextall, maybe both in the fold and ill be 2/2
@Black_Hawk ya he turned down a job with the Flames
@Mattmark do you remember how he played as a player?
@Mattmark Yes, and Detroit always won with skill throughout the line-up.
@rustynail AP is a boss
@Cloud09 Fuck them and Greg Millen too
@Black_Hawk prob 2-3m. that what burkie was getting i think
@The_Polish_Cannon Just figured it out. Shanahan is in to keep Bolland here because Leiweke loves him so much.
@The_Polish_Cannon Yeah since the other two are working out sooooo well.
@Mattmark stands for No B.S
@Mattmark Perfect for the Leafs.
@Mattmark LOL bs
@Black_Hawk ya caught me off guard too
@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.
@bob sacamano Nono will be canned if we don't make the playoffs next year.
@lukethenuke you predicted it after it was in news yesterday?
@Jay_Berg A million per year is still more than most execs. When Burke got 2M he was the highest paid exec ever.
Usually you fire like Vanc did and then hire the new guy