3 People Who Will Be Gone This Offseason If the Toronto Maple Leafs Lose

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No. 3: Brendan Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan's six-year extension is set to expire at the end of the 2024-25 season, however he may not get that far if the Leafs falter in the playoffs again. Although he could be on his way out, Shanahan's tenure with the team has been successful, thus far.

Shanahan made a big effort to embrace the team's history and was arguably the main reason why the team finally decided to rebuild, which helped them draft Auston Matthews.

Without convincing the MLSE Board to rebuild, the Leafs would have just continued to be a below average team with no future. However, he gave this franchise hope and they've been a great team for the past eight years as a result.

That decision deserves a ton of praise as Matthews and company have provided us unbelievable experiences for the last decade, but here's why Shanhan may not make it to the end of his contract.

MLSE just hired a new President/CEO in Keith Pelley, who could be inclined to make some changes, as he looks to put a stamp on the organization himself.

It would be a bold move to fire Shanahan, but reports have indicated that Shanahan will be reporting directly to Pelley instead of the Board, which is what was previously happening, so with a closer leash to Shanahan, it's possible that Pelley may want to hire his own President.


If the Leafs don't win the Stanley Cup, I wouldn't expect Shanahan to be here much longer, especially after how he handled the Dubas situation.