Tim Leiweke's legacy with Leafs undetermined

Tim Leiweke (left) and Brendan Shanahan, new Maple Leafs president, after a press conference at the...

Tim Leiweke (left) and Brendan Shanahan, new Maple Leafs president, after a press conference at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on April 14, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 PM ET

TORONTO - All this immediate conjecture about Tim Leiweke’s legacy with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment — more specifically, its iconic hockey team — is ridiculous, silly, stupid, whatever you want to call it.

That’s because it is far too premature.

When you scrape through all his chest-pounding, his boastful and sometimes outlandish comments, and his efforts to indeed transform Toronto into the Centre of the Hockey Universe by luring the NHL all-star game, the Winter Classic and the draft for the franchise’s 100th anniversary celebrations, Leiweke’s influence on this franchise will be most remembered for its on-ice success — or lack thereof — down the road.

In the end, we truly will not know the footprint Leiweke left on the Leafs’ topsy-turvy history until the Brendan Shanahan era has either produced heroes or zeroes.

Because, when all is said and done, Leiweke and Shanahan are joined at the hip.


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