Brendan Shanahan was formally introduced as president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a press conference this morning. You can read about it here and here and watch the entire conference over at the Leafs’ website.
Jonathan Bernier will have sports hernia surgery and is expected to take about two-to-three weeks to rehab. The good news about Bernier is he’s been able to stay injury-free before missing nine games this season. Then again, Bernier was never a starter with the Los Angeles Kings, so that probably explains the lack of injuries before this year.
If the Leafs decide to trade James Reimer this offseason, they’ll have to find a capable backup for Bernier. Is that Drew MacIntyre, he of one career NHL start? It would seem to be a risky proposition to not have another veteran guy signed. It’s just one decision Brendan Shanahan, Dave Nonis and the Leafs’ new-look front office will need to make in the coming months.
Speaking of Shanahan, Hope In The Big Smoke shared some thoughts on him and the task ahead. I agree that Shanahan needs to clean house as soon as possible and bring his own guys who share his vision. That begins with the coach and the entire front office.
If the Leafs opt to fire Randy Carlyle, the focus will shift on whom they should bring in to coach the team. The latest name to hit the coaching carousel is Barry Trotz, who was fired by the Nashville Predators today. The story is from NHL.com.
School’s out for the summer, which means Professor James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail is handing out report cards to the Leafs players, head coach, general manager and president. See how he graded your favourite player and write him an angry email about it.