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Leiweke: I won’t let Leafs go through another collapse like that

Apr 30, 2014, 7:24 PM EDT

Brendan Shanahan; Tim Leiweke AP

Tim Leiweke watched the Toronto Maple Leafs squander an impressive start to the season and miss the playoffs entirely with a 2-12-0 finish. For the Maple Leafs, collapses have become almost routine in recent years, but it’s still relatively new to Leiweke, who took over as president of and CEO of MLSE, the parent company of the Toronto Maple Leafs, roughly a year ago.

“I’m very comfortable that … we’re never going to have to go through this sort of thing again, because I won’t let it happen,” Leiweke told the Fan 590. “It’s just unacceptable.”

Leiweke feels he has an ally in his quest to make that happen in new team president Brendan Shanahan.

“I see the way (Shanahan) is going about this and it gives me a lot of comfort that we’re about to make the right decisions in a lot of different areas soon,” Leiweke said.

When asked about Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, Leiweke said that the coaching situation was Shanahan’s and GM Dave Nonis’ to handle. He was willing to back Nonis though and insist that Shanahan’s presence hasn’t marginalized the general manager.

Leiweke has been nothing if not bold. He’s mapped out the Maple Leafs’ Stanley Cup parade route and spoke about his desire to be a “hero” in Toronto.

That’s attracted some criticism, but it clearly hasn’t lessened his resolve.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    How? The trading deadline would have passed, he gonna suit up for the Leafs?

    • killerpgh - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Maybe he is hoping Shanny still has to stroke with the NHL and they (through the refs) won’t let the Leafs sh!t the bed.

  2. steverolley - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    This will never happen again, yes I was in charge when it happened this year but its not going to happen again…

    I have a new team president who will prevent this type of thing from happening… how? because he has the right approach…. no he’s never been a president before but for the two weeks he’s been here its been really sweet and we haven’t lost a game!

  3. micasa81 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    In the words of The Hound:

  4. logicalcomment - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Leiweke is a troll.

  5. anonymous135 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Ground hog day of biblical proportions, like the sun and the moon

    Never more, never more

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