Brendan Shanahan has been preparing for this moment his entire hockey life.
The day he would take over a franchise. The opportunity to make it his. The chance to take what he knows, what he inherently believes, what he has himself experienced and learned, and turn it into something.
He knew this kind of job was coming one day: He just didn’t know where or when. And when you talk to Shanahan, and listen to him closely, you’ll understand how long this apprenticeship has been.
When I asked him, before his Hall of Fame Induction, what influence coaches have had on him throughout his career, he flipped the question around without prodding. He talked about learning from the general managers he played for, which is unusual for a former athlete to say.