‘We’re here to win’: Pelley backs Leafs brass

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‘Just win’: MLSE President and CEO Keith Pelley speaks on future of the Maple Leafs
WATCH ABOVE: New Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment President and CEO Keith Pelley made his first public address about the hockey team he’ll be overseeing after yet another disappointing playoffs and first round elimination. “ When I asked during the interview stage what is the definition of success to the owners, one of them immediately said emphatically 'just win,'" Pelley said – May 10, 2024

TORONTO – The Maple Leafs’ key decision makers spoke with the media today for the first time since the team’s first-round playoff exit.

The message was clear — everything is on the table moving forward, and past results are unacceptable.

New Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment president Keith Pelley, team president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Brad Treliving fielded questions from reporters for roughly 45 minutes on the path forward for an organization that has fallen painfully short of expectations over the last two decades.

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Pelley lauded the “chemistry and unity” he’s seen from Treliving and Shanahan, who has won a solitary playoff round in 10 years at the helm, but added: “We’re not here to sell jerseys, we’re here to win.”

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There were also questions about the future of the Leafs’ so-called “Core Four” of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares after the group once again couldn’t get it done in the post-season — this time falling to the Boston Bruins in seven games despite battling back from a 3-1 series deficit.

Marner and Tavares, who have full no-movement clauses in their contracts, each have one season remaining on their current deals and are eligible to sign extensions July 1. But patience with the team’s nucleus appears have run out, with Treliving saying: “Everything needs to be looked at.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2024.

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