The Toronto Maple Leafs are hiring Brendan Shanahan to be the team’s president, according to the Toronto Star and later confirmed by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
As reported by @TorontoStar, can confirm Brendan Shanahan finalizing arrangements to leave NHL to take executive pos’n with Maple Leafs.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 10, 2014
The Star is reporting that Shanahan, according to multiple sources, will resign his position as the NHL’s director of player safety as early as Friday and immediately join the Leafs this weekend with a formal press conference believed to occur as early as Monday.
Rumors began to circulate Wednesday that Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke was interested in hiring Shanahan, a Toronto native, for an unspecified role with the club.
Shanahan, 45, was inducted into the hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 after a 22-year career and has been working as the league’s top disciplinarian since he took over for Colin Campbell in 2011. He previously worked as the leaguels vice president of hockey and business development.
The Leafs struggled down the stretch and will miss the playoffs for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. They Leafs nearly eliminating the eventual Eastern Conference rep in the Cup Final, Boston Bruins, in last year’s playoffs. Shanahan will look to get the team back in the second season and improve chemistry and the overall talent pool.
The Star reports either Mike Murphy or Kris King will fill Shanahan’s duties with player safety during the playoffs while McKenzie tweeted he thinks Steph Quintal or Brian Leetch will fill the role on an interim basis until the end of the Stanley Cup Final.