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Brendan Shanahan | Winger

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (47) / 1/23/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Drafted: 1987 / Rd. 1 (2) / NJ
Contract: view contract details

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Mark Hunter as their assistant General Manager.
The Maple Leafs now have two assistant GMs in Hunter and Kyle Dubas. Hunter had been serving as Toronto's director of player personnel. "Mark's new title is essentially a formality as these are duties he’s already been performing," said Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello. "Brendan and I have been discussing this change of title since last season – as it’s a more appropriate recognition of Mark's role with the organization since joining the Maple Leafs. There are no changes to Mark or Kyle’s duties, or to that of Brandon Pridham, Assistant to the General Manager." Hunter will oversee the pro scouting, amateur scouting and player evaluation departments. Aug 22 - 12:00 PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs secured the top pick in the NHL draft on Saturday night and they couldn't be happier about it.

The Leafs and their fans had to endure a brutal season of losing, but they're being rewarded for their pain. "I think it’s a great piece," said club president Shanahan. "I wouldn’t put too much pressure on any one player. It’s a team game, we play a team style and the more players you get of a high calibre, obviously it’s good. We also realize whoever comes in here is going to be a young person, a rookie, and not going to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. It’s not the way the game is played."
Source: Toronto Sun
May 1 - 9:58 AM

It was tanksational, as the Toronto Maple Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night.

The Leafs finished in last place overall in 2015-16, which gave them the best odds at winning the coveted first overall slot at 20%. The odds were with them, and now will have the pleasure of deciding between Auston Matthews and the rest of the field.
Apr 30 - 8:25 PM

Despite sincere interest from the Arizona Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas would prefer to stay where he is.

Dubas, of course, is the young headman of a collection of renowned hockey minds working to reshape the Leafs into perennial contenders. One doesn't' have to work hard to imagine why he'd rather be in Toronto rather than Arizona, but one also gets the sense that the 29-year-old is happy where he is at the moment. After all, the other 29 GM's were directed to Dubas if they wanted to talk trade - ever fantasy player's dream!
Apr 12 - 6:28 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have told rival General Managers to contact assistant GM Kyle Dubas if they want to negotiate a trade.

The Maple Leafs hired Mike Babcock as head coach but they still haven't named a General Manager. It's a great show of confidence in Dubas, as the Leafs have some big decisions to make with impact players like Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf.
Sun, Jun 21, 2015 01:40:00 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't likely to name a new general manager before the NHL draft.

As it currently stands, Leafs president Brendan Shanahan is coordinating with interim co-GMs Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas. At the end of the day, Shanahan might opt to assume the general manager job himself or hand it to either Dubas or Hunter. Until then though, Toronto might still be active on the trade front. Among other things, they're open to moving the fourth overall pick.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 05:28:00 PM

The Maple Leafs are willing to trade away their fourth overall pick in the upcoming draft.

Toronto has a lot to do to repair a roster with so many holes, and it starts with getting the job done in the draft. "It’s something we would definitely look at," said Leafs interim co-GM Kyle Dubas. "If someone else was adamant about a player, we’re pretty comfortable with the players in that cluster. We need to be acquiring as many draft pick assets as we can, as many prospects as we can. If there was something that made sense, we’d be open to listening and having some thorough discussions on the fourth pick."
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 08:42:00 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs director of player personnel Mark Hunter views the window for the team being a contender at three-to-five years.

It's unclear if Hunter's viewpoint matches that of exec Brendan Shanahan or head coach Mike Babcock, but that would make sense (and is often the window teambuilders give when speaking of rebuilding processes).
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 03:20:00 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to approach Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe for a role within the organization.

It's unclear if Keefe will join the Leafs as an assistant coach or if he will be behind the bench for the Marlies in the AHL. The connection between Keefe and the organization comes in the form of Kyle Dubas, who is the acting General Manager of the Maple Leafs right now. Dubas was the GM of the Greyhounds while Keefe was the head coach.
Sun, May 17, 2015 12:47:00 PM

A quartet of respected minds have emerged as candidates to take the GM job for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The short list includes Assistant GM Julien BriseBois of Tampa Bay, AGM Jeff Gorton of the NY Rangers, VP of Hockey Ops and director of player personnel Michael Futa of Los Angeles, and former Washington GM George McPhee. While none of these four are newcomers to the NHL scene a la acting Toronto GM Kyle Dubas, they each represent pillars of success for their respective clubs, or former club, in McPhee's case.
Source: Josh Cooper
Sat, May 16, 2015 07:22:00 PM

Reports have surfaced that the Toronto Maple Leafs approached former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli about their vacant General Manager position.

The Leafs were simply doing their due diligence here, as Chiarelli is one of the better General Managers in the league. Chiarelli eventually settled on the Edmonton job and that's probably the better gig. The Oilers have some good young talent on the roster, some interesting prospects in their farm system, and the first overall pick in the June Entry Draft.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan didn’t tip his hand as to what the team will do with the fourth pick in the draft other than to say, "I think most teams you're just looking for the best guy available.""

Center Dylan Strome, who had 45 goals and 129 points, with the OHL's Erie Otters, could wind up with Toronto. Shanahan and the Leafs had a 9.5 percent chance at winning the draft lottery. The Maple Leafs president even wore a lucky Irish pin on Saturday. "I thought I would enlist whatever I had, I wasn’t gonna leave anything at home," he said. Shanahan said the Leafs are working on GM/coach lists and has already started reaching out to teams to talk to people.
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 09:57:00 PM

It seems that Maple Leafs team president Brendan Shanahan received permission to talk to Arizona assistant general manager Sean Burke.

They obviously weren't chatting about the weather. It is not known if Shanahan is interested in Burke as the Buds' GM or in a lesser capacity. There will be plenty of rumors regarding the Maple Leafs' open GM and head coach positions this off-season. This is one of the first.
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 11:21:00 AM

Maple Leafs team president Brendan Shanahan spoke to the media on Monday after Toronto let cleaned house over the weekend.

"People ask me about 'The Plan' in Toronto," Shanahan said. "The plan is not something unique. Twenty-nine other teams do what they have to, which is draft, develop, (show) patience and make good choices. The challenge in Toronto is not to come up with 'The Plan', the challenge is to stick to it. There can be no short-cuts. Short-cuts have got this organization in trouble in the past. This has to be one we're committed to, and don't stray from." The Leafs have already let go of GM Dave Nonis, along with coaches and plenty of scouts. That is just the beginning of what is shaping up to be a very busy off-season in Toronto.
Source: Toronto Sun
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 10:20:00 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired Steve Kasper and Jim Hughes.

Kasper was the Director of Pro Scouting, while Hughes was the Director of Player Development. It's been a busy day for the Leafs as they have already fired GM Dave Nonis, interim head coach Peter Horachek and his assistants.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015 02:32:00 PM

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