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It’s official: Maple Leafs name Shanahan as team president

Apr 11, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that Brendan Shanahan has joined their ranks as the team president and alternative governor.

Shanahan brings with him a wealth of experience after winning the Stanley Cup three times during his Hall of Fame career. He also won gold with Canada in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

More recently, Shanahan has been known for his work as the league’s top disciplinarian. A previous TSN report indicated that the NHL will likely tap Steph Quintal or Brian Leetch to fill the void left by Shanahan for the remainder of the season and playoffs.

With Shanahan taking over as president, it appears that Dave Nonis is staying on as general manager, although he will now work below Shanahan. It will take time to see how that dynamic will work and if Nonis’ influence has been significantly diminished by this change.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are wrapping up their third straight season that ended in some kind of collapse. The storied franchise has made the playoffs once in the salary cap era and seems far away from capturing the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1967.

  1. guanacoracing - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Just curious why this appointment needed to be immediate if the team is basically done for the season? Why put someone in the NHL top disciplinarian position just for a few weeks and disrupt any consistency that Shanahan has broguht to the rulings?

    • mshantz22 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Giving him the position now gives him time to understand the situation in Toronto before the draft and free agency.

    • cofran2004 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Ha, consistency

      • thailer35 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Best comment.

      • flash8910 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        I thought he was being sarcastic.

      • cofran2004 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        I can usually pick up on sarcasm pretty easily. Didn’t seem that way to me.

        That said, I’ve been wrong many, many times before.

      • flash8910 - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        My bad. It was a sarcastic comment about him being sarcastic. I think the original poster was absolutely serious, which is just silly.

    • joey4id - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      One reason is for PR purposes, but most importantly the timing coincides with the end of the season which will allow him to participate in the end of season interview process with players and all hockey personnel. This will give him information that he can use to make decisions moving forward.

  2. 950003cups - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Who’s gonna suspend Clarkson?

  3. selldannysell - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Wish the Caps could have gotten him to replace McPhee.

  4. JoeAvg - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Why the pic with the sad, distant look? Trying to look into the crystal ball?

    Seriously though, I hope this team can get it together. They’ve never truly recovered from going through Ballard’s shredder.

  5. craigmaitland - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I hope he does as well with the leafs as he did as the NHL’s chief of player discipline…Which he couldn’t have been worse at.

  6. laxnhockey - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Based on his miserable track record as the NHL’s top disciplinarian, he’s just the guy to keep Toronto on the same flat trajectory they’ve been on for over 40 years.

  7. 7mantel - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Should be interesting when one of his players gets suspended by Steph Quintal or Brian Leetch !

  8. thailer35 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Never had a reason to dislike the leafs until now.

  9. nunan - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Criticizing his track record is so weak. It’s like complaining about the weather in order to strike up conversation. You wouldn’t have done any better. Don’t act like you would have.

  10. pwshrugged - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM


    NHL discipline czar… president of the Maple Leafs…

    Jumping from the frying pan into the fire, I guess? I guess at least this way, only one team’s fans will bemoan his decision-making, as opposed to all 30?

  11. beergold - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Mr. Shanahan have you met our Lord and Saviour, Jesus H. (Henry) Christ? No? Well let’s sit down and talk, you will really need him in the next few years!

  12. hibackhand - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    how does success as a player translate to “a wealth of experience” as a Team President?

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