There were rumors. There were denials. This all happened in the last two days. Well, now it’s official. Tim Leiweke will step down as President and CEO of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment by June 30, 2015 or sooner if a replacement is found. So how does this affect the Toronto Maple Leafs?
We all know how he affected the Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC. The Raptors improved a lot under Leiweke and general manager Masai Ujiri, who Leiweke hired. Of course, TFC brought in players like Jermaine Defoe and Michael Bradley, leading to a lot of improvement for them too.
What did he do for the Toronto Maple Leafs?
He hired Brendan Shanahan.
That’s it. One thing. Nothing else.
Leiweke’s tenure with MLSE will be remembered well for what he has done with Toronto’s basketball and soccer teams. However, it’s too early to judge whether he made a difference with the Leafs because Shanahan hasn’t even watched one game as Leafs’ President.
Everyone had high hopes for the Leafs after Leiweke joined MLSE. After all, he had just left the Los Angeles Kings’ ownership and they had just won the Stanley Cup. However, the turnaround hasn’t been as quick for the Leafs as it was for the Raptors and TFC.
It seems the off-season for the Toronto Maple Leafs can’t get any more interesting.