TORONTO - He was involved in the draft. He had his influence in the Roman Polak for Carl Gunnarsson deal.
And, now, arguably comes Brendan Shanahanís most significant early test as president of the Maple Leafs.
With free agency set to kick off at noon on Tuesday, it would appear that Shanahan is doing his best to alter the perception that has roamed through NHL dressing rooms for years now that Toronto is an undesirable free-agent destination.
Shanahan has made the rounds to a number of those available this year, trying to convince character players that the team is headed in the right direction and perhaps making the pitch that the pressure to play here isnít as severe as perceived.
And high on his list is to bring in at least a couple of players with the traits that he had in his NHL career: Leadership and competitiveness.