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Report: Leafs interested in Shanahan?

Apr 9, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

From Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, one day after the Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated from playoff contention, completing one of the most epic regular-season collapses in recent memory:

If true, it’s not clear what it could mean for general manager Dave Nonis. It’s possible Leiweke could be recruiting the NHL’s current disciplinarian for a position like president of hockey operations. In that case, Nonis could theoretically remain GM, though Shanahan would have the final say in hockey-related matters.

Whatever happens, it’s hard to believe there won’t be significant change this offseason in Toronto. Front office. Coaching staff. Players. All aspects will need to be evaluated.

  1. mshantz22 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM


    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      I’ll finish it off for you.

      Lewicke needs to hire a president and let him decide whether to fire Nonis or not. Nonis is up to no good in Toronto. Signing neon for max years at 8 mill a year, bozak as a number 1 centre, etc…

      the team is again the laughing stock of the league with this latest debacle to go with the one last year in the first round, last 10 minutes of game 7.

      Granted the team had escaped the laughingstock label this season while they were in the playoff hunt and edmonton fully embraced the moniker with their continued lottery status and ineptitude. It’ll be up to Shanahan to see if he can eradicate the Blue and White disease that has afflicted the Leafs for the past 60 years, since the last time they won a cup.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        For the numerically challenged, by their next possible crack at making the playoffs, it will have been ONLY 48 years since the Leafs’ last Cup and Finals appearance, but ONLY 47 seasons. And they are totally going for the Rangers’ record of 54 years. They may never again get such a chance for glory.

      • mshantz22 - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        Well put. The leafs do have one good thing going for them though: At least they aren’t the Edmonton Oilers.

      • kaptaanamerica - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM


  2. mshantz22 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Let’s be honest, the more important question is whether Shanahan is interested in joining the leafs.

  3. joey4id - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Seems like hiring an ex NHL player as Pres of Hockey Ops has become part of the boiler plate hockey org chart.

  4. isphet71 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    He could narrate videos of everything the Maple Leafs’ D is doing wrong on the ice. He would be a busy dude.

    • jernster21 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      “The President of Hockey Operations has concluded that [insert Maple Leafs player name here] has made [insert mistake here] and has been healthy scratched for [insert number of games here] due to having a recurring history of mistakes [listed here].

    • jernster21 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      “The President of Hockey Operations has concluded that [insert Maple Leafs player name here] has made [insert mistake here] and has been healthy scratched for [insert number of games here] due to having a recurring history of mistakes [listed here].”

      • missthemexpos - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        The President of Hockey Operations has concluded that saying things twice will make the Leaf players pay more attention!

  5. ibieiniid - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    well, with 4 suspensions for the Leafs this year, at least we know he knows their system…?

  6. channelguy - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Yep — it makes perfect sense to take someone with absolutely NO experience in team management and promote him to a senior player management role, Discipline for the league is not the same thing.

    Just because the CANUCKS decided to do this today, doesn’t mean the Leafs have to.

  7. laxnhockey - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    We could all hope this is true from the perspective of what’s best for the NHL. Shanahan has been a miserable inconsistent failure in his role as league disciplinarian, which is saying a lot considering who he replaced.

    Given his abysmal track record with the NHL front office, the Leafs organization would be a perfect landing spot for him.

  8. billiam55 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    u mean theyre gonna buy out phaneuf? that should be on top of their to do list.

  9. yarguy - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Leiweke cleaned house at MLSE’s other perenially underperforming teams, the Raptors and Toronto FC (management and players). The Raptors look to finish first in the Atlantic (as miserable as it is) and 3rd in the East and FC is off to a great start for a change. I would expect him to do nothing less at the Leafs.

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      do not underestimate the ability of Blue and White disease to thwart all attempts of eradication. It is a superbug type of disease afflicting both fans and players alike. Anyone who associates themselves with the organization.

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