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.
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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