Leafs close to hiring Brendan Shanahan as team president

Brendan Shanahan holds his ring as the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees were announced in Toronto...

Brendan Shanahan holds his ring as the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees were announced in Toronto on October 16, 2013. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

If Brendan Shanahan is going to help remake the Maple Leafs, he wants the body to be warm when he does it.

That’s why the hockey hall of famer will be in place as the team’s new president by the weekend when he will become the man Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will rely on returning the storied franchise to respectability.

A source familiar with the details told the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons on Thursday that on Friday Shanahan will resign from his position as the NHL’s chief disciplinarian.

Once that is done, he is expected to be named to his new position by the end of the day.

When reached on Thursday, Shanahan declined comment until he is formally introduced by the team, likely at a news conference early next week.

The Mimico native has been hotly recruited by MLSE president Tim Leiweke, who is clearly frustrated with the Leafs’ collapse the past month, one that saw them eliminated from playoff contention this past Tuesday.

Shanahan will be expected to work alongside general manager Dave Nonis, who will remain with the team. It is believed that coach Randy Carlyle is in no immediate peril, pending Shanahan’s complete review of the hockey operations.

The hiring of Shanahan picked up speed this week with urgency on two levels to get it done quickly. For one, the NHL needs to have a replacement for Shanahan in place prior to the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. For another, the new president wants to be involved on the immediate post-mortem of the season.

- with files from Steve Simmons


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