“When MLSE approached me several months ago to discuss an extension, I told them this would be quite simple as I’ve had no desire to leave what we’ve started here with the Maple Leafs,” -Brendan Shanahan
Brendan Shanahan has been signed to a six year extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs ensuring that he will remain with the organization until the end of the 2024-25 NHL season. Shanahan has brought stability, respect and a new culture to the organization since he was hired in 2014.
He replaced Brian Burke as President and one of his first hires was to bring in Lou Lamoriello as General Manager. Between the two of them, they rebuilt the organization from the ground up and set in place a cultural shift from the old “‘Blue and White Disease” days. Burke’s tenure as President and General Manager was full of promises, but very little fulfillment. The prospect pool was questionable at best, player development was virtually non-existent and the roster was littered with free-agent bandaids put in place by a GM who professed no patience for 5 year rebuilds.
Much has been said and written about the “Shanaplan” and it is apparent that patience, building through the draft and player development are its key components. After an initial season at the helm that saw the Leafs finished last in the league and win the draft lottery, the Leafs have finished 3 rd in the Atlantic Division and secured a playoff spot in each of the ensuing three seasons.
The team has drafted well in the last 4 years and the Marlies are one of the top American League teams in terms of success and in developing players. Now it appears that taking the next big step forward is the goal of the organization and today’s extension indicates that Shanahan has the confidence of ownership to continue to point the team toward its ultimate goal.
President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan signs six-year extension with @MapleLeafs.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 14, 2019
Busy day for Brendan Shanahan today. Signed a 6 year extension. And talked, alongside Kyle Dubas, to Mitch Marner’s rep Darren Ferris on a new contract for #16.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) May 14, 2019
Hate Tim and Sid…..mostly Sid but love Shanny so…
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