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The Good And Bad If The Toronto Maple Leafs Hire Brendan Shanahan

from Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star,

If the reports are true, the Maple Leafs could be on the verge of hiring Brendan Shanahan to an unspecified high-ranking executive role. Is hiring the current director of NHL Player Safety a good idea?

Here are five reasons why it’s a good idea and five reasons why it’s a bad idea.

GOOD
1. Shanahan is local (from Mimico), and he’s a Hall of Famer who won three Stanley Cups as a player with the Detroit Red Wings. His name screams “winner.” This city needs a hometown hero in their front office and a feel-good story. His link to a winning organization like the Red Wings, who have made the Stanley Cup playoffs for 23 straight seasons, makes MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke drool. He would also have cachet with the players because of his reputation as a character guy in the NHL.

BAD
1. Brendan Shanahan has no hockey ties to the Maple Leafs. He was a member of the Red Wings, who are an arch-enemy of the Maple Leafs. This would be akin to the Red Wings hiring Wendel Clark as president. This would not go down well with many fans.

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SYF's avatar

From the comments section of that article:

jcovel71
Great move. Shanny knows what it takes to win. He is respected by all in hockey - players and management. He won’t be afraid to voice opinions and is capable of making bold moves to get this team back to respectability. He learned the inner workings of a dynasty - day to day operations in Detroit, which should be modelled in Toronto.[/quote]

Ya sure ‘bout that???

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/10/14 at 12:39 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Shanahan has no managerial experience.
None-the-less, he is a smart hockey guy.

I do not think he would suffer (media) fools very well, and I can see him battling with the Toronto press.

Posted by w2j2 on 04/10/14 at 01:34 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I do not think he would suffer (media) fools very well, and I can see him battling with the Toronto press.

Posted by w2j2 on 04/10/14 at 01:34 PM ET

After all, he handled one of the most difficult positions with the NHL for the last few years….

Posted by TreKronor on 04/10/14 at 02:42 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Brendan Shanahan has no hockey ties to the Maple Leafs. He was a member of the Red Wings, who are an arch-enemy of the Maple Leafs. This would be akin to the Red Wings hiring Wendel Clark as president. This would not go down well with many fans

... Except for the fact that, ya know, Wendel Clark played for the Wings at one point.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/10/14 at 04:12 PM ET

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Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/10/14 at 04:12 PM ET

Good point, Clark has some serious ties to the Wings that were forged during his 22 games as a Red Wing.

Posted by Garth on 04/11/14 at 11:35 AM ET

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