Major changes to the Leafs could lead to exit of Brendan Shanahan

Tom Banks
April 5, 2024  (5:22 PM)

Brendan Shanahan, current President of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are seeing a big shift in ownership this month, and it's likely to mean the end of Brendan Shanahan in Toronto.

Brendan Shanahan has been the President in Toronto for quite some time now, but with the Maple Leafs looking to make major organizational changes, he now becomes the odd man out. Those changes have been looming since January when MLSE announced their new President and CEO, and with Keith Pelley now taking the reigns, it's only a matter of time until Shanahan is gone from his role.
MLSE (Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment) began all the way back in 1988, and back in 2011, Bell and Rogers collectively purchased 75% of the company, and now they're making some major changes.
The organization has now added Keith Pelley to the role of President and CEO, with Shanahan to report to him in his new position, but with the overlap, many have predicted the departure of Shanahan from the organization. Sure, he signed a very lucrative six-year deal back in 2019 worth between $25-30 million to turn this team around, but with just one playoff win over that time, a massive organizational change certainly makes sense.
There's no guarantee for any outcome here, as Shanahan's time may simply run out in Toronto, or the addition of Pelley could give them the backing they need to be more aggressive in pursuit of a Stanley Cup, but one thing is for sure; if the Maple Leafs fail to go on a deep run this season, some type of changes are coming.
Source: Maple Leafs Daily