Nhl legend Emerges as Top Candidate to Replace Shanahan as Leafs President

Published May 18, 2023 at 8:55 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally ended a 19-year curse this year by advancing past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004. However, despite this achievement, Leafs Nation was left disappointed when the team was eliminated by the Florida Panthers in just five games, leading to demands for change from the passionate fan base.

Rumors have been circulating in Toronto since then, particularly regarding the future of General Manager Kyle Dubas, whose contract is expiring. There are speculations that Dubas might be considering a move to take over the President's role from Brendan Shanahan.


Adding fuel to the rumor mill, there is now a significant rumor suggesting that former Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza could potentially replace Shanahan. Hockey News writer David Alter has provided some intriguing insights on this matter, causing a buzz among Leafs Nation.

It is important to note that these rumors are still speculative at this point, and no official announcements have been made regarding potential changes within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.

The Hockey News writer David Alter had some interesting notes on this front, and it will definitely have Leafs Nation buzzing:

If management is about to change, it'd be wise for Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan or the board at MLSE to lean on Spezza to get the best feel for how to move forward.

Spezza's eye for talent and established relationships with players throughout Toronto's system are valuable and something the Leafs will want to keep, even if they decide to blow it up. It's the same player who spearheaded efforts to create a fund to help the club's AHL team collect some extra money due to pandemic losses.

This season, Spezza has spent every day absorbing many different roles. Known by his peers as a hockey nerd, he's aware of just about every player of the game at every level. When he wasn't at the World Juniors evaluating talent, he was in the trenches with Dubas and the rest of the management team, attending games both home and road and providing valuable insight. Not just from someone who 'played the game' but someone who knows the group. - David Alter


Since retiring from on ice Spezza has been working alongside Dubas and the Leafs Management team, and would be a excellent candidate to replace Shanahan if the Leafs brass feels it's time for change.

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