Leafs' Shanahan defends team's July 1 plan

New Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

New Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:05 PM ET

The Maple Leafs were not sleeping in on Canada Day.

That retort came from club president Brendan Shanahan, who has heard more than a week of grumbling about why big moves around the National Hockey League did not involve his playoff-challenged team. Toronto’s haul after a record day of signings — and a few notable follow-ups — has been bottom six forwards Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli, with veteran defenceman Stephane Robidas joining pre-draft trade acquisition Roman Polak.

“There is a perception out there that was incorrect about us and July 1,” Shanahan said Wednesday, the midway point of Leafs prospect camp at a suburban rink. “We were strategic, we had a plan. We targeted certain individuals and got almost all of them.”


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