As the Maple Leafs fill green garbage bags on Monday, their eighth early spring cleaning in nine years, yet another new broom will be introduced one floor above.
New team president Brendan Shanahan will flank MLSE boss Tim Leiweke and Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, with news hounds anxious to hear just what Shanahan’s role is, where Nonis fits in and if coach Randy Carlyle has a chance of surviving.
Leiweke’s vision of changing the “culture of losing” on Bay St. included a little culture shock of his own last week in Shanahan’s hiring. The latter leaves his player safety post with the NHL to oversee the Leafs’ hockey office, sans any field credentials. Shanahan is stepping on toes, but emboldened by his modest success so far with changes to the Raptors and TFC, Leiweke thought the fan angst was good timing for a front office shake-up.