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article imageBrendan Shanahan will be named president of Toronto Maple Leafs

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 10, 2014 in Sports
Much as their Canadian brethren to the west have done it appears the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to name a former player as their team president. There are some differences between Brendan Shanahan and Trevor Linden, but many similarities.
Tim Leiweke, the current president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is said by multiple sources to have considered hiring Shanahan for some time. With the league's reluctance for Shanahan to be named to the post after the playoffs, the move will be made sooner rather than later.
Shanahan is a former NHL winger who won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. After retiring in November, 2009 Shanahan accepted an offer from the NHL to become the NHL's Vice President of Hockey and Business Development.
Reports say that despite the Leafs not making the postseason, NHL boss Gary Bettman felt news of Shanahan going to Toronto would leak out and the optics of having the director of business development soon to be named a head of a franchise would not be acceptable. That forces Leiweke and Shanahan to make the move now, sources say.
Shanahan will resign his current position as early as tomorrow and be named president of the Maple Leafs Monday, reports say. Two major differences in this posting and Linden's are that Shanahan, while also a retired player, never played for the Maple Leafs as Linden did for the Canucks, and Shanahan will be the overall president of the team; Linden has only been given the title of president of hockey operations in Vancouver.
There's no word on what Shanahan may decide to do with current general manager, Dave Nonis, and coach Randy Carlyle. The team was in the midst of a strong season and until just three weeks ago appeared headed for their second consecutive season in the playoffs. However, the wheels fell off and Toronto lost 8 straight games in regulation and dropped out of the playoff race.
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