Brendan Shanahan is the new President of the Toronto Maple Leafs

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: Former NHL player Brendan Shanahan smiles prior to an appearance on the "Today" show durng the NHL Winter Classic Truck Tour on December 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.

[quote_box_center]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[/quote_box_center]

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.

  • PEIleafnation

    yes sir

  • http://nmwtlandtrust.org/ bob sacamano

    Nonis was basically gassed today.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Leiwiki is all about message sending …..

  • PEIleafnation

    Dangle_My_Berries moving and shaking

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    PEIleafnation Dangle_My_Berries  yup…he makes things happen. With TFC he just went out and brought in talent….didnt say anything in advance…just did it

  • Black_Hawk

    I like Tim L being proactive and not waiting to make changes though

  • PEIleafnation

    Dangle_My_Berries PEIleafnation clean house coming !?

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    PEIleafnation Dangle_My_Berries  i think thats possible…

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Black_Hawk  ya he doesnt seem like to type to sit on his hands when things aren’t going well.

  • Mattmark

    Welcome aboard the sinking ship.  Here’s hoping you have a bit more to contribute than the other Mimico expatriate had to offer this year.

  • Cameron19

    Mattmark  Hope this doesn’t mean he wants to keep Bolland.

  • Cameron19

    Does this mean I have to take back my angry Tweets calling Shanaban a fucking idiot.

  • DJGLENN22

    Welcome aboard Shanny…..the chopping block now belongs to you……..get it done

  • Jay_Berg

    I’m starting to warm up to the idea of firing Nonis. We need change. Keeping Nonis is half assed change. Let shanny come in and pick his own GM. I don’t want any disconnect.

  • lukethenuke

    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

  • Cameron19

    Jay_Berg  I wonder if they may do that after the draft.

  • PEIleafnation

    Jay_Berg and moves out carlye and 3 coaches there and mayb poulin etc

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Jay_Berg  poach Detroits coaching talent

  • Black_Hawk

    Jay_Berg I think nonis can work well with anyone, just seems like a guy that knows how to follow orders.

  • Jay_Berg

    Gotta be before to install new philosophies if they are gonna do it

  • Pent_House

    Boss Shanaban: Get my fuckin coffee Nonis

  • Jay_Berg

    Is that good? Maybe he’s too passive?

  • Black_Hawk

    So I guess nonis is gonna be like Sherman in COL

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

    Pent_House  Bitch

  • 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

    Jay_Berg maybe but he is also a smart guy

  • http://nmwtlandtrust.org/ bob sacamano

    lukethenuke  you predicted it after it was in news yesterday?

  • Jmessih

    I’m happy with this, as I said in the other blog, with Tim L and now Shanahan we now have two guys very high in the organization who are highly liked and respected by the NHL brain trust and Bettman. Also if any other organization had hired any of these two guys TSN would have been talking about it for months. These are really good moves, bodes well for the further.

  • ShiftyD

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

  • http://nmwtlandtrust.org/ 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

  • Black_Hawk

    I keep forgetting Luongo is in FLA now

  • Mattmark

    Our new exec has unfortunate initials.

  • mike_84

    Black_Hawk  ya caught me off guard too

  • Black_Hawk

    Mattmark LOL bs

  • 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

  • lukethenuke

    bob sacamano lukethenuke  like 2 days ago when i suggested managment change.  Said wither Shannahan or Gretzky as Pres and Blake as GM (Leiweke connection), but recently added Hextall as option after thinking it over with Cam’s suggestion

  • ShiftyD

    Mattmark B.S.

  • vinoa

    Mattmark  Perfect for the Leafs.

  • mike_84

    bob sacamano  Nono will be canned if we don’t make the playoffs next year.

  • Jay_Berg

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

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Mattmark  stands for No B.S

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    The Mimico Maple Leafs

  • 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.

  • vinoa

    The_Polish_Cannon  Yeah since the other two are working out sooooo well.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    The_Polish_Cannon  Just figured it out. Shanahan is in to keep Bolland here because Leiweke loves him so much.

  • traNsplantEdneWfie

    Black_Hawk  $5M

  • http://nmwtlandtrust.org/ bob sacamano

    Jay_Berg  

    Usually you fire like Vanc did and then hire the new guy

  • mike_84

    Black_Hawk  prob 2-3m. that what burkie was getting i think

  • Cloud09

    https://twitter.com/bradyfan590 https://twitter.com/bradyfan590/status/454399894694813696
    Greg Millen just made basically a plea to leave Leafs management team alone on LeafsTV. Taped earlier obviously but they know. They know.

  • 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.