The Shanaplan: All in on second-year GM, rookie coach
- Brendan Shanahan may be the most intriguing character in the whole Mike Babcock saga.
- Presumably, rolling out Sheldon Keefe as head coach is the final stage of the Shanaplan, now in its fifth season.
- He has now fired nearly everyone he has hired at near the beginning of the Shanaplan, except for GM Kyle Dubas.
- Dubas is the first executive Shanahan had hired (in June of 2014).
- Shanahan had been installed as president in April of 2014.
- You remember the Shanaplan, the scorched earth rebuild of the Toronto Maple Leafs first proposed in January of 2015.
- The team was underperforming, and presto: Randy Carlyle fired while the team sat in a playoff spot. Veterans traded. In came Peter Horachek and the Give-a-S—t Metre.
- Then there was an April housecleaning: Scouts. Executives. Coaching staff.
- Then what was Shanahan supposed to do?
- He knew what he didn’t want and got rid of everyone associated with it.
- But what did he want?
- A winner, to be sure.
- But how to get there?
- Hire winners.
- He’d already hired Dubas and Mark Hunter.
- Spending was not an issue.
- The Leafs outspend everybody.
Sources & Credits: Kevin McGran, The Star
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