Leafs should go after Shanahan

If the Maple Leafs are smart, they might want to get to Brendan Shanahan before the NHL Players’ Association does.Could Shanahan fix all that ails the Leafs? No, not even close, unless he’s got a mask and some pads lying around his garage that he knows how to use.

But even after 21 seasons, with a lot of miles on his chassis, Shanahan surely could add something as an early-season pickup.

Can’t believe a lot of fans wouldn’t like seeing a boy from Mimico take his last meaningful strides with the team of his boyhood daydreams. It’d be a lot better than organizing tributes for ex-Leafs skating for other teams.

But the Leafs, run by Shanahan’s close friend Brian Burke, haven’t contacted him. And Shanahan’s not expecting that they will.

“The timing for me and the Maple Leafs has never been right,” chuckled Shanahan last night in his first interview since leaving the Devils camp two weeks ago. “When the Leafs were making bold moves and taking a run at things, those were times I was locked up and under contract. When I was free, they were always rebuilding.


39 Responses to Leafs should go after Shanahan

  1. broc says:

    The question is… why would Shanahan want to come to Toronto in what may be his last season in the league?

  2. HABSSTAR says:

    Didn't you guys do all that stuff before?  O'Neil, Allison, Lindros, the second return of Clark? 

    Agreed, however, that Shanny couldn't make things any worse for the leafs and could provide a steady voice in the room. 

  3. hockeyhead says:

    whats the over/under for games before the leafs win their first game?

    those draft picks are looking yummy.

  4. nordiques100 says:

    sadly he'd be one of the team's top 3 forwards.

  5. leafy says:

    Yet another short-term plan.  How about somebody smart coming up with a long-term plan for a change?  With no first round pick until 2012 (no thanks to Burke), I certainly don't have one.

  6. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    As bad as the leafs have been, the NHLPA needs him more. They have a possible termination of the CBA coming up in a few months, and no direction whatsoever…

  7. Wild_001 says:

    The Leafs don't need Shanahan at all. What they need is for Gustavsson to get back soon so they can access his play and decide if they're going to roll with him, or if they need to try and acquire another goaltender.

    Toronto's defence corp is finally starting to look comfortable, and they're forwards, though lacking in skill in comparison to other teams, played very hard on Saturday. OWith a solid goalie behind them, I think the team will be invigorated and finally start to get some wins.
  8. mojo19 says:

    The 2nd return of Clark he was still awesome, you're thinking of the 3rd time he joined the Leafs.

    But Shanahan would be coming for a whole different reason. Not to be a guy to lean on for offense, but for almost like another coach to have around. A leader, a winner, the type of guy we don't have in the dressing room.

    This would be a character move. Not the same as when we brought in Jeff O'Neil at age 30, or Allison at 31, Lindros was 32, Wendel came back still in his late 20's. This woudl be a 40 year old guy, this move would be more comparable to the Brad May trade of last year.

  9. mojo19 says:

    When you see a brutal losing streak like this and you look at the leafs line up, not a great line up, but definitely a team that should be able to win some games, you have to figure that the presence of a guy like Brendan Shanahan would only be a good thing.

    The Leafs desperately miss the presence of a veteran in the room. An older guy to look up to, sorry Jason Blake you're not that guy. I would sign Shanahan and if he plays well enough to make the line up on a regular basis through one month, I'd throw the 'C' on his jersey for the rest of the year. If he doesn't play well enough to be a regular, he can come in and out like Brad May did last year.

  10. mojo19 says:

    Because he's good friends with Brian Burke, and because he's from Mimico and grew up worshiping the Leafs. He's won his cups so its not like a Roenick situation where he would only come back and play for a sure fire contender to try to get that ring.

  11. nordiques100 says:

    i think him simply going to the net willingly would be a huge boost to a team that is super soft up front.

    still think the style of play needs a change.

    with a 5 game trip, lets hope its toronto trap time.

    there isnt a need to be fancy on the road. play the trap, establish good defensive habits and positioning and maybe they can steal a couple of wins.

    i think gustavsson if healthy plays all 5 games. only goalie to go 60 minutes and hold opponents to 2 goals or less. he is due back saturday.

  12. nordiques100 says:

    how is that possible in toronto when parades are planned in august every year?

  13. Kramer says:

    The balloon hoax proved conspiracies are everywhere. Just fill a balloon with a lotta hydrogen, send it up, then pretend your little brat is missing. It's all ruse, you sweet kids. Did you believe it for one second? A true conspiracy.

    Same thing in hockey. Conspiracies are happening. There's owners out there who don't want their team to win cuz of the contracts bonus structures.

    Other owners don't wanna win could cuz a champion could kill off fan interest.

    Wake up to reality! There's a big conspiracy going on under our noses.

  14. cam7777 says:

    well, none of the contenders want him.  if he wants a chance at winning a cup, or even continuing his career, it might be a case of signing with the leafs and hoping to draw interest in himself.  why would weight and guerin sign on the Island?  asme situation.

    plus, like mojo said, Shanahan is actually a big leafs fan, and I believe he even recently said that he wouldn't mind going out as a Leaf.  for the Leafs, it's an instant leader in the dressing room.  it's a no brainer to me at this point…if he is willing, get it done.

  15. cam7777 says:

    What do you guys think of these trades?  They're just for fun, so non-Leaf fans, don't get your panties in a twist:

    to the montreal canadiens:
    marek zidlicky
    to the minnesota wild:
    jason blake, ryan o'byrne
    to the toronto maple leafs:
    3rd round pick 2010 (MTL)

    to the columbus blue jackets:
    garnet exelby, 4th round pick 2010 (NYR)
    to the florida panthers:
    alex ponikarovsky, jiri tlusty, 2nd round pick 2011 (CLB)
    to the toronto maple leafs:
    nathan horton

    -sign Brendan Shanahan

    Hagman – Stajan – Stempniak
    Stalberg – Bozak – Horton
    Shanny – Grabovski – Kulemin
    Primeau – Wallin – Mitchell


    The Panthers get a good return for a guy who is continually unhappy in their city.  Ponikarovsky s actually capable of putting up better offense than Horton, and Tlusty is a solid young prospect.  I actually think that's too much, but some people seem to think that Horton is going to command an enormous package if Florida moves him.  Meh.  It's irrelevent to us, because it's basically Tlusty for Horton as Ponikarovsky and Exelby won't be here next year anyways.

    In the first trade, the Habs get some help at defense with Zidlicky, and the Wild swap a UFA-to-be for help a longer term addition in O'Byrye, and more help at forward n Blake.  Again, same as yesterdays thread, I'll just point out that Blake is a Minnesota boy, and if there are any teams interested in him, they would probably be on the list.

  16. lafleur10 says:

    cam that is an interesting trade ,but as a habs fan i'd have to say no,because o'byrne is big physical and got his confidence back and started to play like a top4 in martin's system,plus we have too many skilled defenceman that are soft and i think our recent sign of m.a. bergeron can fill the void for us until markov is back o'byrne is a big physical defencman that is getting his chance and actually(before the injury) making the most of it and was palying well and mistake free so no way BUT IF WE DIDN'T SIGN M..A.BERGERON AND O'BYRNE WASN'T IN OUR PLANS THEN I THINK WE'D LOOK AT THIS.

  17. cam7777 says:

    what are you talking about?  O'Byrne has played one game and one period this year (both in games you were terribly outshot in and should have lost), and was terrible all last year.  You have Gill and Mara, and Subban, Weber and Carle coming up.  As if you would rather keep O'Byrne than address your teams need.  You're getting a pretty good d-man for a nobody and a 3rd round pick.  Bergeron is only good in one situation, and was only signed to address Markov's powerplay presence (and he doesn't even do that as well as Zidlicky).

  18. mojo19 says:

    And the two goals allowed were 1- batted out of the air, and 2- penalty shot. Turned away the other 26 shots that night. Not bad. Please get healthy and play like that again!

  19. mojo19 says:

    Zidlicky is a consistant 40+ point d-man, and one of the most consistant post lockout in terms of production. But on the other hand he's UFA after this year, if he has a big year he'll get more than the $3.5 mil hes making now

  20. Wild_001 says:

    That second trade is terrible for Toronto. Two expiring contracts and a developing player for Nathan Horton? Horton is a definite upgrade over Poni, but giving up Tlusty and $4m+ of our off-season budget isn't worth it.

    I would offer Grabovski or Hagman along with Kulemin for Horton and a 3rd or 4th. Florida would take on 500k in salary for this year, but it would give them a bit of cap relief for the next three years (one year less than Horton), plus they get the opportunity to see if Kulemin would fit into their organization.
  21. cam7777 says:

    it really depends on what the organization thinks of Tlusty.  If they think he's going to make it, and possibly be as good as Horton, than it's probably not a great deal.  If they think Tlusty is going to really struggle to make the NHL, then Horton is a great addition.

  22. lukeleim says:

    Trade Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to the Florida Panthers for Nathan Horton.

    Trade Jiri Tlusty and Niklas Hagman to the Minnesota Wild for Benoit Pouliot and Josh Harding.
    Waive Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala.
    Viktor Stalberg – Nathan Horton – Phil Kessel
    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
    John Mitchell – Rickard Wallin – Jamal Mayers
    Benoit Pouliot – Wayne Primeau – Colton Orr
    Jay Rosehill
    Tomas Kaberle – Mike Komisarek
    Ian White – Luke Schenn
    Francois Beauchemin – Jeff Finger
    Garnet Exelby
    Josh Harding
    Jonas Gustavsson
  23. lukeleim says:
    Trade Deadline

    Trade Francois Beauchemin to the Montreal Canadiens for the Canadiens' 2nd round draft pick of 2010.

    2010 NHL Entry Draft
    Trade Jeff Finger to the Atlanta Thrashers for the Thrashers' 4th round draft pick of 2010.
    July 1st
    Sign Anton Volchenkov three-year contract for 9 million
    Sign Patrick Marleau three-year contract 15 million
    Sign Adam Burish two-year contract 1.6 million
    Sign Ilya Kovalchuk four-year contract 32 milion
    Colby Armstrong two-year contract 5.2 million
    Resign Matt Stajan four-year contract 10 million
    Resign Ian White three-year contract 6 million
    Resign John Mitchell three-year contract 3 million
    Resign Garnet Exelby two-year contract 3 million
    Ilya Kovalchuk – Patrick Marleau – Phil Kessel
    Viktor Stalberg – Matt Stajan – Nathan Horton
    Benoit Pouliot – John Mitchell – Colby Armstrong
    Jay Rosehill – Adam Burish – Colton Orr
    Tyler Bozak, Christian Hanson
    Tomas Kaberle – Mike Komisarek
    Ian White – Luke Schenn
    Anton Volchenkov – Carl Gunnarsson
    Garnet Exelby
    Jonas Gustavsson
    Josh Harding
  24. cam7777 says:

    Volchenkov will be resigned.  Burrish will be resigned.  Kovalchuk will be resigned or go to Russia.  Armstrong might be available.  Exelby is terrible, and not worth resigning.  Beauchemin is worth more than a 2nd round pick, and BUrke willl not give up on him this soon.  Benoit Pouliot is worthless, and Harding is a goalie in excess.  Hagman alone is worth more to the Leafs than that particular package from the Wild. 

    Sign Marleau though.  Watching him last night, it's clear that he's the perfect guy to pair with Kadri and Kessel on the top line.  So much speed, and Marleau has all the defensive prowess to let the other two absolutely go to town.  Oh, and no need to resign Matt Stajan with Tyler Bozak in the fold.

    I would prefer Rene Bourque over Colby Armstrong.

  25. blaze says:

    Marleau would roast under the bright lights of TO.

  26. mojo19 says:

    Rene Bourque would command a lot more money than Colby Armstrong. I would target Armstrong and/or Steve Ott as a hard nosed winger with some skill.

    Also Tlusty for Pouliot? Yikes, I hate that trade. Harding is probably decent, but we'll see.

  27. paulieplatypus says:

    I don't think signing Shanahan would be a bad move for any NHL team or the NHLPA.  But in my opinion what the Leafs really need is lot more speed.  I have not seen a team as overall slow as the Leafs since the lockout ended.  I wish Burke had signed a few UFA's like for example Freddie Sjostrom, who's as fast as anyone in the NHL.  If Toronto had a player or two with his type of speed, one would clearly see just how slow the rest of the team really is.

  28. cam7777 says:

    Well, Leaf fans deserve quality for once, so I would prefer to go after Bourque first instead of penny-pinching and going to Armstrong.  Find a way to make the bottom D-pairing ultra-cheap, and the 4th line ultra cheap to afford it. 

  29. FlamingHomer says:

    I expect Calgary will do all it takes to re-sign Bourque. If Jokinen doesn't start producing soon he may be available.

  30. mojo19 says:

    I don't think were slow at all. The Leafs are just soft up front, no one who can drive to the net or take a hit to make a play. Lots of speed with Stalberg, Blake, Grabovski, Mitchell, Stempniak. All these guys are speedsters, but when they stay way to the outside and cant cut in, what good is it? (Exception is Stempniak who has pulled off some crazy tricks and walked into the middle, Grabovski once or twice as well but not very often)

  31. paulieplatypus says:

    If what you say is correct???  Shanahan would be perfect for getting them to play that way. 

  32. simplyhabby says:

    I could not agree more.  What a mess the NHLPA is in.  Chelly and Shanny should spearhead the union.

  33. shine_bulge_twine says:

    No. If anything they should sign Mike Peca and put the C on him for the rest of the season.

  34. Leafmonkey says:

    We should have went over Zherdev in the off season. if we can we still should. sign him to a short deal 2-3 years im pretty sure if we need the cap room later we can trade him.

  35. mojo19 says:

    that's what I'm saying

  36. mojo19 says:

    I could live with that. Don't know how much he's got left in him, but same deal as Shanny, he would be there more for leadership and other intangibles.

    Peca was decent, but overall pretty average in that disgrace of a playoff series vs Detroit, but I still think he would give us a boost. I like it. And I know my buddy would love it cuz his Peca Leafs jersey just sits in the closet.

  37. mojo19 says:

    Too bad Burke came out and said he will not be signing Shanahan.

  38. HABSSTAR says:

    Reggie Dunlop?

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