Brendan Shanahan is the new CEO of culture.

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Quiet.

That’s what Brendan Shanahan took as a good day during his term as czar of NHL player discipline.

“Our greatest compliment working in player safety was silence,” Shanahan said as he was introduced as the Leafs new president and alternate governor at the Air Canada Centre, Monday.

“It’s a little bit like being a referee. If people forget you’re there you know you refereed a very good game.”

Good luck with that.

There will be no more quiet days for the 45-year-old Shanahan. He has become the majordomo of one of the most intensely-followed ...

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Shanahan’s Resume And Outsider Status Are His Greatest Assets

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Loyal to none and bigger than life

Of all the qualities Brendan Shanahan brings to the presidency of the Toronto Maple Leafs, those two may be the most important.

It might feel like a reach to brand Shanahan an outlier. His resume screams hockey insider. As the NHL’s czar of player safety, he knows not only every middle to upper echelon figure at the NHL’s offices in New York and Toronto but every miscreant, their coach, GM, agent and union rep.

How connected is Shanahan?

Well, start with the company he keeps. A 2013 ...

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After The Fall: Now What?

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I’m a glass overflowing kind of guy.

I think we’re going to get this climate change thing sorted out. Don’t ask me why, it’s just a feeling.

I’ll give you even money that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin can still patch things up, if not for their sake then for the kids, Apple and Moses who, now that I think of it, might deserve new parents with better judgment.

And so I am happy to inform you that Leaf fans can now decide what’s worse, a sudden heartwrenching loss in Boston or the ...

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Bruins can again define Leafs’ progress

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Say what you want about the schedulemaker: he certainly has a flair for the dramatic.

The Leafs host the Bruins, Thursday night in the most meaningful game Toronto has played since May 14.

Yes, that May 14, the three goals in 10-minutes May 14 Game 7 loss in Boston.

Here is the recipe for the season, Leaf fans. You need both the Leafs and the Bruins to be the teams they seemed destined to be when Nazem Kadri popped home a two-on-one goal to put the Leafs up 4-1 early in the third ...

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Wondering if the Leafs will make playoffs? Look no further.

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Let’s look at the bright side here.

The Maple Leafs are 26th in goals against, 28th on the penalty kill and minus 15 for the year.

They have played more games than any of the three teams contesting the remaining two Eastern Conference Wild Card spots.

They have – you may not have noticed this – lost six games in a row.

And this, friends, is why you win games in October.

Because after a devastating stretch in which their weaknesses have been laid bare, the Leafs remain tied with Columbus, Detroit and Washington with ...

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Gardiner, Rielly A Study In Contrasts

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Lost among the broader story lines of the hunt for a playoff spot and a three-game losing streak, the development of the Maple Leafs two youngest defenceman chugs along.

What of Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly, the future and to an ever-increasing degree, the present of the Toronto Maple Leafs blueline?

Gardiner and Rielly have scads in common. The pair regularly log minutes on the second wave of the power play. They share a Toronto apartment and at 23 and 20 are the youngest defencemen on the team and aside from Nazem ...

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Leafs Prospect Connor Brown The Number One Point Getter In Nation

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Connor Brown has a great pedigree but humble beginnings.

The son of a minor-pro hockey player and the brother of four-year OHLer, the Leafs draft pick stands out because of where he started from.

Brown was drafted by the Erie Otters in the 13th round of the midget draft. The Leafs waited until the sixth round to choose him at 156  in 2012.

Brown’s 43 goals and 123 points in 65 games don’t just lead the OHL. His point total betters those of the QMJHL and WHL leaders which makes the 20-year-old Toronto ...

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Here’s why Dave Nonis stood pat.

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Ladies and gentlemen, your Toronto Maple Leafs.

While the Montreal Canadiens landed Thomas Vanek and the New York Rangers grabbed Martin St. Louis,  Leafs GM Dave Nonis elected, as expected, to keep things as is on trade deadline day.

Let’s look at this from a couple of vantage points.

At first blush, Nonis’ inactivity comes down to one question: are the Leafs as porous as the team that garnered just two of six points after the break or the gangbusters group that went 11-2-2 in the heady days before Sochi?

The answer, of course, ...

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Ten pressing questions as the Leafs look at the last 22 games.

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Now, where were we?

The Maple Leafs renew their season Thursday with a road date against the New York Islanders followed by another road engagement with Montreal on Saturday.

Here are 10 questions facing the club as they approach the last 22 games of the regular season.

Can Phil Kessel maintain his torrid pace? Kessel, a five-goal scorer during the Olympics and the tournament’s top forward, banked 27 points over his last 15 Leaf games. In that stretch he scored 11 times and did not go more than two games without a goal. ...

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Baun ambivalent about legacy of famous goal.

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He is not ungrateful but sometimes Bob Baun wonders whether his iconic goal was a good thing or a bad thing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

April 23, 1964, the 27-year-old Baun, playing on a broken leg numbed by freezing, scores in the second minute of overtime as the Leafs beat Detroit 4-3 in an elimination game in Motown to even the Stanley Cup final at three games each.

Two nights later, the Leafs won Game 7 at home by a count of 4-0 to claim their third straight Stanley Cup, a ...

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