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Report: Shanahan finalizing agreement to join Leafs management

Apr 10, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

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Brendan Shanahan is on the verge of leaving his position as the NHL’s director of player safety to claim an executive title with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Star’s Damien Cox reports and multiple outlets confirm.

Shanahan will leave this post (which means we might have to retire “Shanaban,” unless we just consider that a scientific term) on Friday and could join the Maple Leafs’ management team as early as this weekend, Cox reports. The exact title isn’t clear yet, but it could include the word “president” in it:

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.

(The Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley reports that the position will be team president.)

Naturally, Shanahan reportedly leaving his post right before the postseason makes it important to appoint at least a temporary replacement. Cox lists Kris King and Mike Murphy as possible replacements while Sportsnet’s John Shannon points to King specifically.

(At least there’s room for cheesy Shanaban-ish nicknames for the punishments/processes for both; one could roll out Murphy’s Law or a wide variety of royal puns for either potential replacement. So maybe humorists can breathe a sigh of relief, after all.)

TSN’s Bob McKenzie indicates there might be other options, though:

Anyway, Cox indicates that an official announcement could come as early as Monday, so it sounds like we’ll get an idea of Shanahan’s precise role very soon. The questions are already starting about what kind of ripple effect may take place as the former power forward comes on board.

  1. strictlythedanks - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    So it will be Murphys law next time dirty dustin gets suspended, or he might even have to pay the Kings ransom.

  2. prd797 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Good riddance.

    Can Toronto hire Milbury and/or Pierre next?

  3. kaptaanamerica - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    still won’t fix the Leafs. won’t miss Shanahan. Too bad for him though. He’ll eventually be tainted with the Blue and White disease. There is still no known cure. Though some players find an escape once traded, like Rask, Steen, etc…

  4. kaptaanamerica - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    His first move will be to fire Nonis and then they’ll try and hire MG. All the ex-Canucks execs go to Toronto to try and right that ship after achieving success in Vancouver. No one better out there than MG for Toronto since he did take the team to the finals after Nonis was canned. they might think he can do it again. Maybe Nonis can then join Burke in Calgary as Burke’s GM. That would be an epic chain of events.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      I pray to everything holy that Nonis is never given any position here with the Flames, he’s a twice failed GM, both times he took over teams from Burke and tried to put his stamp on things he ended up with teams that were worse than when he took over.

      My first choice for the Flames would be Ron Hextall, but I’m not sure he’ll leave the Flyers so they
      ‘ll probably end up with Pierre Loiselle (sp?) from Toronto or the head scout in LA who seems to be the hot target.

      And given that Calgary Hitmen GM Kelly Kisio has been hanging around with Burke during games lately I wouldn’t be shocked to see him as part of the new management team.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        Claude Loiselle? The French guy from the Leafs…

  5. drewsylvania - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    As if the Leafs weren’t already a sham(ahan).

  6. stcrowe - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    If he thinks being the NHL disciplinarian is a thankless task, he ain’t seen nothing yet.

  7. zetaone - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Who will the NHL get to replace Shanahan?

    Tie Domi? Marty McSorley?

  8. boukengreen - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    If it is brain leetch I guess he will leech on to players who run foul of the law

  9. weissresidence - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    ShannaLeaf… ShannaLeaf. ShannaLeaf. ShannaLeaf

  10. muckleflugga - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM


    a agree with you regarding nonis … he was probably involved in the night of the long knives when burke was pointed toward the plank … we’re safe accordingly

    i’m not sure about kisio … certainly familiar to calgary hockey and with gm experience with the hitmen looks good … he’d get my vote and he’d be a tireless worker as he was when he played

    loiselle as you likely know has extensive experience with the league office itself and of course he was affiliated with burke in toronto … he too would get my vote

    both kisio and loiselle went through detroit which means they’ve been sprinkled with magic dust

    tough call but both may end up employed in calgary … good things coming

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      I think they move Kisio up to the Flames (either as GM or assistant GM) and then give Craig Conroy the job as GM of the Hitmen, Burke has been quite vocal that Conroy doesn’t have enough experience yet to move up with the Flames and that would be a great way to get a guy the organization seems to really like experience inside the organization.

      The thing that sells me on Kisio is that the Hitmen have always been at least competitive (more often than not pretty good) during his time here, which is tough in junior, and he’s always shown a willingness and the ability to pull off big deals.

      If the Flames do bring Kisio aboard and they remain in the 5 spot in the draft, does that put Jake Virtanen of the Hitmen in play for them? He’s a good sized (6’1″ 208 pounds) scoring winger, I don’t know how well he skates though because I didn’t get the chance to get to any Hitmen games this year.

  11. weissresidence - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Hi ho the wicked Shannabann is dead…. Sannabann is dead, Shannabann is dead, hi ho Shannabann is dead…..

  12. cofran2004 - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    aww…. no more shanabans. I really like that word. Just say it… shanaban…. shanaban….

    It really is a fun word.

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