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Report: Loiselle to replace Shanahan as VP of Player Safety

Aug 3, 2014, 2:03 PM EST

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It looks like Brendan Shanahan may be responsible for helping find his replacement at the NHL in a roundabout kind of way.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports Claude Loiselle, recently fired former assistant GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is in line to replace Shanahan as the NHL Vice President of Player Safety. Shanahan left that position to become the President of Hockey Operations with the Maple Leafs.

Loiselle had been with the Leafs since May 2010 joining Brian Burke’s staff in Toronto. He was fired on July 22 to make way for 28-year-old former GM of the Soo Greyhounds, Kyle Dubas.

Should Loiselle take over, he’ll be the man front and center on those suspension videos we’ve come to enjoy. He’d also be the guy responsible for deciding how severely (or not) to punish those who have run afoul of the law on the ice. Perhaps he can try resetting the standard Shanahan initially tried to set when he took over for Colin Campbell.

  1. areaman714 - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Loiselle-o-ban?

    • norskhelgen - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Lol, a name that just rolls off your tongue.

  2. rmccleary97 - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    The good news for Loiselle: he’s got a really low bar to clear to be considered better than his predecessor, who went from “he’ll be so much better than Campbell” to “he’s even more of a joke than Campbell” within about 3 months.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    No doubt he’ll enjoy the job, as it brings whoever holds it the love, admiration and profound respect for one’s judgment of everyone who follows the sport.

  4. lakeshoreleafsfan - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Firs thing : headline say Claude Loiselle to replace Brendan Shanahan as VP of Player Safety. When you read the article, it implies he’s in line to replace Shanahan for the job, and I take that to assume he hasn’t gotten it, but might get it. Which is it? Will replace, or in line to replace?

    Second thing : I don’t know if I like this hiring. What I mean is, I hope Loiselle doesn’t hold grudges

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