What’s the Deal with Jake Gardiner?

When GM Brendan Shanahan signed restricted free agent Jake Gardiner to a five-year, $20.25M deal in the summer, Leaf fans figured management had finally seen the light. Along with super sophomore Morgan Rielly, Gardiner represented the future of the Leafs defence corps, a wheel-housing defenceman that could skate himself out of trouble and give the […] The post What’s the Deal...
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November 10, 2014  |  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

5 things to watch in the Atlantic Division

After beating Boston in the second round of the playoffs, Montreal could be the favorite going into this season, but Boston and Tampa Bay are not far behind. All three teams have a good shot at winning the division.  Beyond those teams, the division isn’t very strong.  Ottawa and Buffalo don’t look like playoff teams leaving Toronto, Detroit, and Florida as possible bubble...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Department of Player Safety: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

Stephane Quintal is the new NHL senior vice president of player safety. That should be big news, right? Quintal, who has been serving as the head of player safety on an interim basis since April, when Brendan Shanahan left to become President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, has earned the praise of Gary Bettman and […] The post NHL Department of Player Safety: Meet the New Boss, Same...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Quintal to continue as NHL head of player safety

NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has decided to keep Stephane Quintal in his role as the league's senior vice president of player safety, dropping the interim tag for the former defenseman. Quintal replaced Brendan Shanahan when he left the position in April to become president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The league says Monday that it interviewed many qualified candidates and decided the...
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September 08, 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

It's A Young Man's Game: Maple Leafs hire 28-year-old stats man as assistant GM

You can always bank on the Maple Leafs to make the headlines.But instead of blowing another postseason lead or simply missing the playoffs all together, the Leafs are making headlines in a much different way: by way of innovation. New Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas (via Tuesday, the Leafs announced the hiring of 28-year-old Kyle Dubas to serve as their assistant general...
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July 22, 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

The Toronto Maple Leafs expressed interest in Martin Brodeur

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been a fascinating team to follow when it comes to goaltending. The constant debate between Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer was one of the most interesting and dumbfounding situations to follow. To make matters even more intriguing, Toronto GM Brenden Shanahan has confirmed they’ve been interested in Martin Brodeur. Brendan Shanahan just confimed...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Brendan Shanahan Returns To Twitter In Hilarious Fashion

He may lurk in the shadows, but Brendan Shanahan sees your dumb tweets…and he’s not afraid to make you pay. Before Thursday night, Shanahan hadn’t tweeted or retweeted anything since April 7th – four days before he left his position as the NHL’s director of player safety to become president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. But, after an idiotic troll called him out during Game...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Keeping Carlyle fine with me

  Last week newly minted Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan made his first major decision as a member of the club, deciding to keep head coach Randy Carlyle around for two more years. Based off the reaction on Twitter, many Leafs supporters are upset with the move; those same fans were the ones who spent the final month of the season calling for the coach's head...
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Leafs Make Another Misstep by Extending Randy Carlyle

John E. Sokolowski – USA TODAY Sports Disclaimer: This article assumes the reader’s knowledge of Corsi-for percentage, a handy analytics tool used to gauge a team’s possession statistics. For an in-depth read on Corsi%, check out this post by Steve Burtsch The Toronto Maple Leafs officially resigned Head Coach Randy Carlyle to a two-year extension on Thursday, bringing to...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Randy Carlyle Gets Two-Year Extension From Toronto Maple Leafs

Randy Carlyle will remain the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs after receiving a two-year extension, the team announced Thursday. Carlyle’s future with the team was up in the air after the Leafs collapsed down the stretch and failed to make the playoffs after dropping 12 of their last 14 games, in addition to the hiring of new team president Brendan Shanahan. “It was important...
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Getting Randy

Reports from several sources in the city of Toronto have confirmed that Randy Carlyle will return as the Maple Leafs bench boss next season. He has reportedly signed a two-year extension with the club. The men beside Carlyle on the bench this coming season will not be the same, however, as reports have suggested that three assistant coaches have been fired. This is Brendan Shanahan...
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Eddie Olczyk rumored for coaching, NHL discipline jobs

Earlier this season, NBC’s lead NHL analyst Eddie Olczyk made it very clear his wishes to be a head coach in the league again. He went as far as saying he would take the right job in the minor leagues or in the college game. Despite what is a fairly cushy job with both NBC and CSN Chicago, he clearly has the jones to get back in the sport as a bench boss. So as the offseason carousel...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Randy Carlyle is probably not going to get fired

So sorry, Leafs fans. Leafs meetings continue in Vegas. The fact Carlyle hasn't been fired to this point indicates he will back for another season on Leafs bench. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 8, 2014 With Carlyle probably staying put, that can lead one to assume that Dave Nonis’ job is secure. Heck, everyone’s job is secure. It’s unsure what new team president Brendan...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Randy Carlyle is probably not going to get fired

So sorry, Leafs fans. Leafs meetings continue in Vegas. The fact Carlyle hasn't been fired to this point indicates he will back for another season on Leafs bench. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 8, 2014 With Carlyle probably staying put, that can lead one to assume that Dave Nonis’ job is secure. Heck, everyone’s job is secure. It’s unsure what new team president Brendan...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts on Hockey Analytics

It seems every time a new hockey person gets hired these days they will get asked “do you believe in hockey analytics?” It started with Trevor Linden in Vancouver. Then Brendan Shanahan in Toronto. And today Brad Treliving in Calgary. Nichols on hockey has a good rundown on both Treliving’s and Burke’s response to the [...] The post Thoughts on Hockey Analytics appeared first...
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Brendan Shanahan named Maple Leafs president

Brendan Shanahan is officially on the job in the Toronto Maple Leafs' front office.
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs introduce Shanahan as team president

TORONTO (AP) Brendan Shanahan is officially on the job in the Toronto Maple Leafs' front office.
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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