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.