President and CEO of MLSE Tim Leiweke appeared on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Tim and Sid. Much of the discussion on Drive revolved around the NBA, notably the Toronto Raptors’ post-season and Adam Silver’s banishment of Donald Sterling. When conversation turned to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Leiweke spoke about the Buds’ late-season collapse and their future going into next season, as well as the man he’s tasked with leading them there.
“We’re never going to go through this sort of thing again… I see the way (Brendan Shanahan) is going about this and it gives me a lot of comfort that we’re about to make the right decisions in a lot of different areas soon,” Leiweke said.
When on Tim and Sid, Leiweke said this about the future of Randy Carlyle.
“That’s Shanny’s decision… And that’s Dave Nonis’ decision and the two of them are spending a lot of time together,” Leiweke said.
In other Leafs news, Jonathan Bernier underwent successful surgery this Wednesday for a sports hernia. Bernier sustained the injury in March during the Leafs’ California road trip, he returned less than two weeks later but re-aggravated the injury on April 3 against Boston. Bernier was upbeat about his return date, stating he expects to be ready for next season’s training camp.
Down in the AHL the Toronto Marlies swept the Milwaukee Admirals 3-0 in their five-game quarterfinal series. Jerry D’Amigo was the standout performer of the series, scoring twice and recording four assists. T.J. Brennan led things from the back-end with a pair of goals and an assist, he also sent 17 shots on goal through the three games.
Finally, Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson has been named Swedish Hockey League Rookie of the Year, beating out fellow Leaf prospect and nominee Tom Nilsson to claim the award. The 202nd pick in the 2013 draft, Johnson scored 15 goals and added 9 assists in 44 games with Frölunda HC.