Dion Phaneuf Trade Gives Leafs Valuable Salary Cap Flexibility, Depth

Brendan Shanahan, Kyle Dubas and the rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs brain trust took on one of the most difficult jobs in hockey in 2014: turn around one of the most iconic franchises and build a perennial Stanley Cup contender. The Leafs have the longest championship drought in the NHL at 48 years. They’ve had several good teams in that span, most notably in 1992-93, but rebuilds...
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The Toronto Maple Leafs new Logo looks… a lot like their old Logo

The Toronto Maple Leafs recently revealed that the 2016-2017 team will adorn a brand new logo on their sweaters, as they look to have more success than they are currently experiencing.  Teams seem to change logos with some amount of frequency, while some changes are subtle (see the Cleveland Browns) and others are more pronounced.  So the fact that Toronto is making the switch...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs unveil brand-new logo

To pay homage to their upcoming 100th anniversary, the Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled their new logo for next season.The logo, which features a much more defined leaf with more edges, appears to be more like the logo utilized from the 1940's and 1960's.The leaf features 31 points, which represents the year 1931, the year Maple Leaf Gardens opened. The 17 veins on the leaf represent...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Shanahan's simple plan breaks down 40-year barrier between Leafs, Keon

Sometimes the best way to mend a relationship is to take the simplest approach. Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan took that route when he reached out to former Maple Leaf Dave Keon, a player who refused to have anything to do with the Leafs over the past 40 years, and that simple plan paid off.Keon, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Leafs teams of the 1960s,...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cold War between Dave Keon, Toronto Maple Leafs finally thawing

Never let it be said that Dave Keon does not know how to hold a grudge. A member of four Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup championship teams and a former Leafs captain, Keon saw his Toronto career come to a bitter end in the 1970s when then-owner Harold Ballard refused to give Keon a fair contract despite Keon's 16-year history with the team. Ballard blasted Keon's leadership and...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Roy skates again in preparation for Stadium Series

Tweet +1 Like Share Pin Reddit Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy was back in his natural habitat Wednesday: Between the pipes. Sporting full goalie get-up, Roy could...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Burke on Leafs: 'How many hands can you have on the wheel'

Former Leafs president and GM Brian Burke was fired by the team two years ago, but he was not shy about expressing his opinion on his former team when he spoke at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto on Thursday. Burke voiced the question on everybody's mind about the Leafs' current front office situation. "You’ve got [GM] Lou Lamoriello ... who’s never...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Brendan Shanahan second-guessing Mike Babcock? Impromptu practice causes controversy

Is there already a rift between Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan and coach Mike Babcock? Both men are known for their hands-on approach with everything regarding their team, but it was still a surprise Monday when Shanahan decided to take the ice (still in a full suit) following practice to work with a small group of players. As far as anyone outside of the organization...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Leafs put GM search on the backburner

Toronto still has an opening at the general manager position, but it does not look like the Maple Leafs will be filling that opening any time soon. According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, a new GM is low on the summer priority list for the Maple Leafs. The Leafs fired former GM Dave Nonis on April 12, and Toronto has operated so far this offseason with a group of player personnel...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Status Crow: Maple Leafs hiring Mike Babcock just another fingerprint on Brendan Shanahan’s plan

Mike Babcock signed an 8-year / $50 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday ( By Hunter Crowther The conversation started to change Wednesday morning. TSN insider Darren Dreger threw a grenade on the hockey universe, reporting that the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs were bidding for the services of Mike Babcock, the man who won a Stanley...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs firings a long time coming

It’s hard to imagine anyone being too surprised to see both general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horacheck fired. Both men are now former employees of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. Brendan Shanahan didn’t waste anytime cleaning out the offices with the news coming less than 24 hours after the team’s season finale against […] The post Toronto Maple...
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Monstrous offseason will define Brendan Shanahan tenure

When Brendan Shanahan accepted the job as team president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, I’m sure he had every reason to believe he was walking into a great position. He inherited a decent roster that had played solid hockey in two previous seasons.  From the outside looking in, he also appeared to have a good general manager and […] The post Monstrous offseason will define Brendan...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs F Kadri to be held out of next two games

TORONTO -- Toronto team president Brendan Shanahan says forward Nazem Kadri will be held out of the Maple Leafs' next two games. Kadri missed a team meeting Sunday and was made a healthy scratch for Monday's game. Shanahan says that after consulting with general manager Dave Nonis and the coaches, the organization wants to make a bigger point by keeping Kadri out for Wednesday's...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Shanahan says forward Nazem Kadri will miss next 2 games

TORONTO (AP) Toronto team president Brendan Shanahan says forward Nazem Kadri will be held out of the Maple Leafs' next two games. Kadri missed a team meeting Sunday and was made a healthy scratch for Monday's game. Shanahan says that after consulting with general manager Dave Nonis and the coaches, the organization wants to make a bigger point by keeping Kadri out for Wednesday...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Brendan Shanahan given the green light to rebuild the Maple Leafs

Sitting 25th overall in the NHL and in a good spot when it comes to a top draft pick next season, the Toronto Maple Leafs have given team president Brendan Shanahan the authority to strip the team down and erase Bryan Burkes mistakes. According to Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail, Shanahan received approval from […]
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Despite loss, Blue Jackets will see more hugs

After being challenged by team President Brendan Shanahan on Friday morning, the on-again, off-again Toronto Maple Leafs utilized their speed and skill, with a bit of puck luck, to send the Blue Jackets back to Columbus with a loss. Scoring four goals in the first frame, the Maple Leafs made them chase the game, ultimately beating their conference opponents 5-2. The bookended a road...
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January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs announce Horachek will coach for rest of season

TORONTO -- Peter Horachek will coach the Toronto Maple Leafs for the rest of the season. Team President Brendan Shanahan said Friday the club won't hire a full-time coach until after the season, meaning Horachek will remain behind the bench. Horachek was promoted to interim head coach Wednesday, a day after Randy Carlyle was fired. ''Were going to wait until the offseason,'' Shanahan...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Shanahan brings optimism to Maple Leafs

Forgive Toronto Maple Leafs fans if they are thinking championship after hiring three-time Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan as team president. But hope is a necessary panacea for a fan base that hasn't celebrated a Stanley Cup championship since 1967, and watched the Maple Leafs miss the playoffs in a drama-filled 2013-14 season, finishing 12th in the Eastern...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Stephane Quintal Named Senior VP Of NHL Player Safety

Former Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Stephane Quintal has been named Senior Vice President of Player Safety, taking over for Brendan Shanahan. The NHL announced the news Monday. “Stephane Quintal has been dedicated to the mission of the Department of Player Safety since its creation for the opening of the 2011-12 season and has demonstrated over the last several...
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke To Step Down

TORONTO — The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year. The company announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC. Leiweke, who joined the group in April 2013, says he plans to own and operate his own business. In his short tenure,...
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Kyle Dubas – Shanahan’s Choice For Leaf’s GM?

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports “At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” – Salvador Dali Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with four facts: Brendan Shanahan did not hire Dave Nonis as General Manager (GM) Dave Nonis did not hire Kyle Dubas as assistant GM Kyle Dubas’ ambition...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs Embracing Analytics

#451336652 / “Out with the old and in the new,” seems to be the motto of the Toronto Maple Leafs front office entering the 2014-2015 NHL season. While they have certainly made some moves to shake up their on-ice talent, the biggest changes are coming by way of management within the front office. New president of the team Brendan Shanahan (who has only been president...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs News: Analytics Master Kyle Dubas the New AGM

It's either a sign of the Apocalypse or merely the 21st century, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have just unabashedly embraced advanced analytics.#165438566 / gettyimages.comI know, I thought Hell would freeze over first too.Kyle Dubas, the 28 year old wunderkind General Manager of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, has almost literally gone from rags to riches in terms of...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs Hire 28-Year-Old Assistant GM Kyle Dubas In Front Office Shake-Up

Brendan Shanahan is trying to bring moneyball to Toronto. The president of the Toronto Maple Leafs announced the dismissal of Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin from assistant general manager duties in favor of 28-year-old Kyle Dubas, who is known as the Billy Beane of hockey. “Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work...
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs Culture Change Officially Underway

TORONTO, On. — When the Toronto Maple Leafs decided to bring in Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan as its new president of hockey operations, the one statement the three-time Stanley Cup champion made that stood out was his desire to “change the culture in Toronto”, and with the hiring announcement of 28-year-old advanced stats specialist Kyle Dubas on Tuesday, the culture change...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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