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Reports: Leafs reach out to Brendan Shanahan about front-office role

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Brendan Shanahan has been in charge of discipline for three seasons. (Getty Images)
Brendan Shanahan has been in charge of discipline for three seasons. (Getty Images)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't even been out of playoff contention for 24 hours and already there are potenailly big changes in the works.

A collapse like the Leafs suffered this season is not something that goes by unnoticed and in the specific case of the Leafs, it seemed to illuminate the issues that have been a problem the past few seasons for Toronto; that they are not playing a style of hockey that's conducive to winning.

It could lead to some big changes in Maple Leafs headquarters as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment reportedly has its eyes on none other than Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's discipline chief.

This wouldn't be the first time somebody moved on from the head of discipline to a front-office role with a team, Brian Burke made that transition when he became the GM in Vancouver.

If the Leafs are reaching out to Shanahan -- and Kypreos and McKenzie are two pretty reliable sources -- that can't be good news for Dave Nonis or the rest of the Leafs staff all the way down to coach Randy Carlyle.

Shanahan didn't play for the Maple Leafs in his career but he is a native of the Toronto area and has perhaps a greater resume for such a role than recent hires around the league such as Joe Sakic in Colorado and Trevor Linden in Vancouver.

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