A Timeline of the Maple Leafs Rebuild

A Timeline of the Maple Leafs Rebuild

How did this management group come together? How did this roster come together?

April 11th 2014: The day that Maple Leafs ownership hired Brendan Shanahan as president. It’s the day the Maple Leafs rebuild truly began.

Fast forward almost 4 years later and Toronto is a playoff contender, close to a Stanley Cup contender and has one of the brighter futures in the NHL. So, how did they get where they are today? What did Leafs management, ownership and coaching to do take the team from being totally irrelevant to a team that can intimidate the opposition? Let’s take a look.

The timeline includes hiring’s, firings, signings, trades, draft picks & pretty much all major and minor-major personnel changes the Maple Leafs organization has made to form the management team and roster they have today.

Before hiring Shanahan in April of 2014, Toronto made some moves to set them up for where they are today.

Let’s take a look at those moves first:

To make things clear: dates that are bolded are dates that I deemed the most important parts of the rebuild. Dates that aren’t bolded are important, just not as much.

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June 24th 2006: This is going way, way back, but at the ’06 draft in Vancouver, Toronto used the 180th pick on Leo Komarov. He was Toronto’s all-star the year before they drafted Auston Matthews but has since seen his offensive game diminish, and has settled into a checking role with the Leafs. Komarov is a free agent at years end, and his days in Toronto appear to be limited.

April 3rd, 2009: Tyler Bozak signs a 2-year, entry-level deal as an undrafted free agent from the University of Denver. Bozak re-signed with Toronto to a long term 5-year deal, on July 5th, 2013, which expires at the end of this season. Bozak’s future with the team past this season remains in doubt because his play as slipped pretty drastically this year.

June 26th 2009: The Maple Leafs draft Nazem Kadri 7th overall. Kadri signed a long-term contract (6 years, $27 million) with Toronto, on April 13th 2016. He’s worked hard to become a key part of the Maple Leafs core. He shuts down the other teams’ best players, and contributes offensively.  

February 9th 2011: The Maple Leafs trade veteran defencemen Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffery Lupul, a 4th round pick, and defencemen Jake Gardiner. The biggest part of this trade for the Maple Leafs rebuild was Gardiner. He’s become a staple on the Leafs blueline and appears to be part of the long-term plans for Leafs management.

June 25th, 2011: Toronto selects Josh Leivo 86th overall in the 2011 draft. Leivo has been a mainstay on the Leafs roster the past two years, but has only played in 25 games, scoring 13 points. Leivo would have been an RFA at the end of this season but chose to re-sign for one year. With him re-signing, the expectation is that next season he should get much more playing time with the Leafs, especially with the expected departure of some veterans.

June 22nd, 2012: With the 5th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Toronto selects Morgan Rielly from the Moose Jaw Warriors. Rielly is Toronto’s best defencemen and, it's not even close. This season has been his breakout year, scoring 31 points (5 goals, 26 assists) in 47 games. His career high? 36 points over 82 games. He is on pace to blow that out of the water. Right now, Rielly is on the injury reserve, but once he returns Rielly will step right back into his role; a crucial one for the Leafs.

June 23rd, 2012: The 6th round of the 2012 draft proved to be very, very important for Toronto. The Leafs used their 156th selection on Connor Brown. Brown had 20 goals last year and has 12 through 50 games this season. He’s also an integral part of Toronto’s penalty kill, and although he usually plays on the 4th line he still manages 15 minutes a night which shows that Brown is trusted by his head coach. That’s not something you can say about many second-year pros.

January 9th, 2013: Brian Burke, the GM who was supposed to bring the Leafs back to their old winning ways, is fired. This opens the door for Shanahan and his era. Dave Nonis is named GM in Burke’s place.

June 23rd, 2013: Luke Schenn is traded from the Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers for struggling forward James van Reimsdyk. Both players needed a change of scenery, but it only worked out for JVR. He has played 384 games for Toronto, scoring 270 points. Luke Schenn on the other hand? He’s sitting in Arizona struggling on the league’s worst team.

June 30th, 2013: Although he isn’t currently up with the Leafs, Fredrick Gauthier appears to be the 4th line center of the future. And back in June of 2013, the Leafs used their first-round pick on the “Goat”. Gauthier has skated in 9 games this year, and although he’s down with the Marlies right now, he’ll probably be back up before the year is done.

April 11th, 2014: The hiring of Brendan Shanahan is the first major step in Toronto’s rebuild.

June 28th, 2014: Roman Polak, who won’t be here long term but is here now, was acquired from the St. Louis Blues. Looking back, this isn’t that good of a trade but it’s a part of the timeline so…oh well. Toronto gave up Carl Gunnarsson, who has made himself comfortable as a reliable defenceman on the Blues backend. Polak was then traded to San Jose on February 22nd, 2016. After a playoff run with the Sharks, he re-signed with Toronto in summer of 2016 to a 1-year deal. Then again, in October of 2017, Polak signed another 1-year deal for the 2017-18 season.

July 22nd, 2014: Brendan Shanahan makes a move that shifts Toronto’s view of analytics. They went from basically ignoring analytics as a tool for evaluating players, to being one of the most analytic-depended teams in the NHL, with the hiring of Kyle Dubas from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Dubas is the assistant General Manager of the team and the Maple Leafs go-to guy for analytics. He’s probably the GM of the future for Toronto. He could take over as soon as next season, with current GM Lou Lamiorello, without a contract past this season.  

October 21th, 2014: Mark Hunter is brought on as director of player personnel. He’s since been promoted to interim GM, and he basically chooses all of Toronto’s draft picks.

January 6th, 2015: Brendan Shanahan fires Randy Carlyle and hires Peter Horachek as interim head coach. This wasn’t surprising at all, with Toronto in a rebuild and Carlyle apart of the old regime.

February 26th, 2015: David Clarkson’s long-term, unmovable contract gets, well, moved. Shanahan makes the impossible happen by trading the struggling forward to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Nathan Horton. With Horton’s career ending back injury, his contract is eligible for long term injury reserve and so Toronto clears $5.25 million off of their cap.

March 3rd, 2015: Undrafted free agent Nikita Soshnikov, after the conclusion of his second season in the KHL, signs with Toronto. Soshnikov has been somewhat effective, and has a fan in Mike Babcock.

April 25th, 2015: Shanahan cleans house. Dave Nonis is relieved of his duties as General Manager. This was the move that was needed. Nonis didn’t do a bad job, his predecessor set him up for failure. He did manage to trade David Clarkson for a dead contract, so you have to give him credit for that. Peter Horachuk is also let go as interim head coach, along with assistant coaches Steve Spott and Chris Denis. Goaltender coach, Rick St. Croix, is the final firing of the day.

May 20th, 2015: After 10 seasons as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, Mike Babcock leaves the organization and becomes the head coach of Toronto. It surprises a lot of people and immediately gives Toronto a long-term coach that they can trust and build around.  

June 19th, 2015: In a trade that went under the radar, the Maple Leafs traded Greg McKegg to the Florida Panthers for Zach Hyman. Hyman now plays on Matthews wing, and is a key part of Toronto’s core. Along with Brown, Hyman is one of Mike Babcock’s favourite players.

June 25th, 2015: The Maple Leafs select Mitch Marner 2015 NHL Entry draft. Mark Hunter gets to take his London Knights product with the 4th overall pick, and Toronto gets a speedy-skilled winger that can play in their top 6.

June 26th, 2015: Maple Leafs use their second-round pick on Travis Dermott. Dermott started the year in the AHL but has played 8 games with the Leafs this season and looks like he could be a staple on the blueline for years to come.

July 1st, 2015: After weeks of rumours, the Maple Leafs move top forward Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh for a boatload of pieces. The biggest piece is Kapanen, who has looked very good in the limited time he has seen in the NHL. He’s played mostly in the AHL, scoring 67 points in 71 games for the Marlies.  

July 1st, 2015: Kasperi Kapanen is acquired in the Phil Kessel trade. Although he hasn’t played many games for Toronto, he appears to have molded out a spot on the team's fourth line for the time being.

July 23rd, 2015: With Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter still sharing the interim co-GM role, Shanahan officially hires a GM, bringing in veteran Lou Lamiorello after 28 years at the helm of the New Jersey Devils.

July 23rd, 2015: This date was also the day that the Toronto Marlies signed Justin Holl to an AHL contract. His strong play earned him an NHL contract on July 3rd, 2016 and his first call-up on February 1st, 2018.

February 9th, 2016: In Lamiorello’s first big move as GM, he trades captain Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators. Toronto doesn’t get a whole lot back, except a second-round pick and some contract dumps. However, they do get the remaining 5 and a half years of Phaneuf’s deal off of their books, opening up a whole lot of cap space for the team’s future moves.

February 27th, 2016: James Reimer, who was Toronto’s #1 goalie for years, is traded to San Jose. This is a continuation of the house cleaning that Toronto executed. Reimer played for San Jose for the remainder of their season and the playoffs, before signing a 5-year deal with Florida.

February 28th, 2016: The next day, Toronto trades Daniel Winnik to Washington. They acquire Brooks Laich and a second-round pick, and little-known prospect Connor Carrick. Carrick has worked himself in Toronto’s top 6, sometimes finding himself on the outside looking in.

April 30th, 2016: This was the day Toronto’s rebuild was given a dose of steroids. On April 30th, at the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, they won the first overall pick and the rights to draft Auston Matthews. The Leafs finally acquired the top line center they’ve needed since Mats Sundin’s departure in 2009.

May 2nd, 2016: Highly sought-after free agent defenceman Nikita Zaitsev signs a 1-year entry level deal with Toronto from the KHL. After one season, Zaitsev signs a long-term deal with the Maple Leafs on May 2nd, 2017. He’s become a top 4 defencemen on the Leafs, and is an integral part of Toronto’s core.

June 20th, 2016: After trading James Reimer, the only NHL goalie Toronto had on their roster was Jonathen Bernier. In need of the franchise goalie that had eluded them since Ed Belfour in the early 2000’s, Toronto traded a 1st and 2nd round pick to Anaheim for goalie Fredrick Andersen. Andersen has been solid for Toronto in 2 seasons, amassing a 58-30-18 record, with a 2.64 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

June 24th, 2016: After winning the draft lottery, the day came for Toronto to select Auston Matthews 1st overall.

July 1st, 2016: Needing a little intimidation on their fourth line and a tough guy to protect their kids, Toronto signed former New York Islander Matt Martin to a 4-year, $10 million-dollar deal. Although he’s currently on the outside of the lineup, looking in, he’s still a very important part of the team.

July 8th, 2016: Jonathen Bernier, and his relatively high cap space, are traded to Anaheim. This opens the door for Andersen to be the #1, as if that was ever in doubt.

July 21st, 2016: Usually top picks sign their rookie deals rather quickly, but Matthews didn’t sign until July 21st. This had some Leaf fans sweating, but ultimately, we knew Toronto would get a deal done.

August 22nd, 2016: Jhonas Enroth and Toronto agreed to a 1-year deal. In 6 starts, he went winless with a .872 save percentage. Toronto waived Enroth on, December 5th, 2016 which opened the door for Curtis McEhlinney waiver claim.

January 9th, 2017: Curtis McEhlinney is claimed on waivers by Toronto after the Leafs waived Jhonas Enroth. McElhinney resigned with Toronto to a two-year, $1.7 million-dollar deal on July 1st, 2017.

May 16th, 2017: Andreas Borgman signs a 2-year, entry-level deal, with the Maple Leafs. Borgman has been in and out of the lineup this season. When Borgman plays, he has looked quite good for a rookie and still has the potential to mold into a top 4 defensemen for Toronto.  

July 1st, 2017: Ron Hainsey signs as a free agent with the Maple Leafs, agreeing to a 2-year, $6 million-dollar deal. Although this deal was criticized because of Hainsey’s age, he’s proved his critics wrong, sliding into Toronto’s top 4 and being a rock on the back end that head coach Mike Babcock can depend on.

July 1st, 2017: Dominic Moore agreed to a 1-year deal, beginning his second tenure with the Maple Leafs after playing 101 games in Toronto between 2007 and 2009.

July 2nd, 2017: Patrick Marleau leaves San Jose after 19 seasons agreeing to a 3-year, $18.75 million-dollar deal with the Leafs. He’s been a nice veteran add for Toronto, with 16 goals and 25 points in 52 games.

January 31st, 2018: With Roman Polak and Ron Hainsey out with illness, Toronto calls up Justin Holl. The 26-year-old scored a goal in his first game and got to play with his former Marlies defensive partner, Travis Dermott.

Overall this timeline spans over 4240 days, from June 24th 2006 to January 31st, 2018. Or 1392 days, if you were to go from the day Shanahan was hired to the day Holl was recalled. Either way, we’re just 2 months into the 4th year of Shanahan as president and his so-named “Shanaplan”. It's fair to say that this management group is just getting started.

It’ll be exciting to see what else Shanahan, Lamiorello, Dubas, Hunter, and Babcock can muster up in the years to come.

 

June 24th 2006: This is going way, way back, but at the ’06 draft in Vancouver, Toronto used the 180th pick on Leo Komarov. He was Toronto’s all-star the year before they drafted Auston Matthews but has since seen his offensive game diminish, and has settled into a checking role with the Leafs. Komarov is a free agent at years end, and his days in Toronto appear to be limited.

April 3rd, 2009: Tyler Bozak signs a 2-year, entry-level deal as an undrafted free agent from the University of Denver. Bozak re-signed with Toronto to a long term 5-year deal, on July 5th, 2013, which expires at the end of this season. Bozak’s future with the team past this season remains in doubt because his play as slipped pretty drastically this year.

June 26th 2009: The Maple Leafs draft Nazem Kadri 7th overall. Kadri signed a long-term contract (6 years, $27 million) with Toronto, on April 13th 2016. He’s worked hard to become a key part of the Maple Leafs core. He shuts down the other teams’ best players, and contributes offensively.  

February 9th 2011: The Maple Leafs trade veteran defencemen Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffery Lupul, a 4th round pick, and defencemen Jake Gardiner. The biggest part of this trade for the Maple Leafs rebuild was Gardiner. He’s become a staple on the Leafs blueline and appears to be part of the long-term plans for Leafs management.

June 25th, 2011: Toronto selects Josh Leivo 86th overall in the 2011 draft. Leivo has been a mainstay on the Leafs roster the past two years, but has only played in 25 games, scoring 13 points. Leivo would have been an RFA at the end of this season but chose to re-sign for one year. With him re-signing, the expectation is that next season he should get much more playing time with the Leafs, especially with the expected departure of some veterans.

June 22nd, 2012: With the 5th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Toronto selects Morgan Rielly from the Moose Jaw Warriors. Rielly is Toronto’s best defencemen and, it's not even close. This season has been his breakout year, scoring 31 points (5 goals, 26 assists) in 47 games. His career high? 36 points over 82 games. He is on pace to blow that out of the water. Right now, Rielly is on the injury reserve, but once he returns Rielly will step right back into his role; a crucial one for the Leafs.

June 23rd, 2012: The 6th round of the 2012 draft proved to be very, very important for Toronto. The Leafs used their 156th selection on Connor Brown. Brown had 20 goals last year and has 12 through 50 games this season. He’s also an integral part of Toronto’s penalty kill, and although he usually plays on the 4th line he still manages 15 minutes a night which shows that Brown is trusted by his head coach. That’s not something you can say about many second-year pros.

January 9th, 2013: Brian Burke, the GM who was supposed to bring the Leafs back to their old winning ways, is fired. This opens the door for Shanahan and his era. Dave Nonis is named GM in Burke’s place.

June 23rd, 2013: Luke Schenn is traded from the Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers for struggling forward James van Reimsdyk. Both players needed a change of scenery, but it only worked out for JVR. He has played 384 games for Toronto, scoring 270 points. Luke Schenn on the other hand? He’s sitting in Arizona struggling on the league’s worst team.

June 30th, 2013: Although he isn’t currently up with the Leafs, Fredrick Gauthier appears to be the 4th line center of the future. And back in June of 2013, the Leafs used their first-round pick on the “Goat”. Gauthier has skated in 9 games this year, and although he’s down with the Marlies right now, he’ll probably be back up before the year is done.

April 11th, 2014: The hiring of Brendan Shanahan is the first major step in Toronto’s rebuild.

June 28th, 2014: Roman Polak, who won’t be here long term but is here now, was acquired from the St. Louis Blues. Looking back, this isn’t that good of a trade but it’s a part of the timeline so…oh well. Toronto gave up Carl Gunnarsson, who has made himself comfortable as a reliable defenceman on the Blues backend. Polak was then traded to San Jose on February 22nd, 2016. After a playoff run with the Sharks, he re-signed with Toronto in summer of 2016 to a 1-year deal. Then again, in October of 2017, Polak signed another 1-year deal for the 2017-18 season.

July 22nd, 2014: Brendan Shanahan makes a move that shifts Toronto’s view of analytics. They went from basically ignoring analytics as a tool for evaluating players, to being one of the most analytic-depended teams in the NHL, with the hiring of Kyle Dubas from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Dubas is the assistant General Manager of the team and the Maple Leafs go-to guy for analytics. He’s probably the GM of the future for Toronto. He could take over as soon as next season, with current GM Lou Lamiorello, without a contract past this season.  

October 21th, 2014: Mark Hunter is brought on as director of player personnel. He’s since been promoted to interim GM, and he basically chooses all of Toronto’s draft picks.

January 6th, 2015: Brendan Shanahan fires Randy Carlyle and hires Peter Horachek as interim head coach. This wasn’t surprising at all, with Toronto in a rebuild and Carlyle apart of the old regime.

February 26th, 2015: David Clarkson’s long-term, unmovable contract gets, well, moved. Shanahan makes the impossible happen by trading the struggling forward to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Nathan Horton. With Horton’s career ending back injury, his contract is eligible for long term injury reserve and so Toronto clears $5.25 million off of their cap.

March 3rd, 2015: Undrafted free agent Nikita Soshnikov, after the conclusion of his second season in the KHL, signs with Toronto. Soshnikov has been somewhat effective, and has a fan in Mike Babcock.

April 25th, 2015: Shanahan cleans house. Dave Nonis is relieved of his duties as General Manager. This was the move that was needed. Nonis didn’t do a bad job, his predecessor set him up for failure. He did manage to trade David Clarkson for a dead contract, so you have to give him credit for that. Peter Horachuk is also let go as interim head coach, along with assistant coaches Steve Spott and Chris Denis. Goaltender coach, Rick St. Croix, is the final firing of the day.

May 20th, 2015: After 10 seasons as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, Mike Babcock leaves the organization and becomes the head coach of Toronto. It surprises a lot of people and immediately gives Toronto a long-term coach that they can trust and build around.  

June 19th, 2015: In a trade that went under the radar, the Maple Leafs traded Greg McKegg to the Florida Panthers for Zach Hyman. Hyman now plays on Matthews wing, and is a key part of Toronto’s core. Along with Brown, Hyman is one of Mike Babcock’s favourite players.

June 25th, 2015: The Maple Leafs select Mitch Marner 2015 NHL Entry draft. Mark Hunter gets to take his London Knights product with the 4th overall pick, and Toronto gets a speedy-skilled winger that can play in their top 6.

June 26th, 2015: Maple Leafs use their second-round pick on Travis Dermott. Dermott started the year in the AHL but has played 8 games with the Leafs this season and looks like he could be a staple on the blueline for years to come.

July 1st, 2015: After weeks of rumours, the Maple Leafs move top forward Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh for a boatload of pieces. The biggest piece is Kapanen, who has looked very good in the limited time he has seen in the NHL. He’s played mostly in the AHL, scoring 67 points in 71 games for the Marlies.  

July 1st, 2015: Kasperi Kapanen is acquired in the Phil Kessel trade. Although he hasn’t played many games for Toronto, he appears to have molded out a spot on the team's fourth line for the time being.

July 23rd, 2015: With Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter still sharing the interim co-GM role, Shanahan officially hires a GM, bringing in veteran Lou Lamiorello after 28 years at the helm of the New Jersey Devils.

July 23rd, 2015: This date was also the day that the Toronto Marlies signed Justin Holl to an AHL contract. His strong play earned him an NHL contract on July 3rd, 2016 and his first call-up on February 1st, 2018.

February 9th, 2016: In Lamiorello’s first big move as GM, he trades captain Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators. Toronto doesn’t get a whole lot back, except a second-round pick and some contract dumps. However, they do get the remaining 5 and a half years of Phaneuf’s deal off of their books, opening up a whole lot of cap space for the team’s future moves.

February 27th, 2016: James Reimer, who was Toronto’s #1 goalie for years, is traded to San Jose. This is a continuation of the house cleaning that Toronto executed. Reimer played for San Jose for the remainder of their season and the playoffs, before signing a 5-year deal with Florida.

February 28th, 2016: The next day, Toronto trades Daniel Winnik to Washington. They acquire Brooks Laich and a second-round pick, and little-known prospect Connor Carrick. Carrick has worked himself in Toronto’s top 6, sometimes finding himself on the outside looking in.

April 30th, 2016: This was the day Toronto’s rebuild was given a dose of steroids. On April 30th, at the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, they won the first overall pick and the rights to draft Auston Matthews. The Leafs finally acquired the top line center they’ve needed since Mats Sundin’s departure in 2009.

May 2nd, 2016: Highly sought-after free agent defenceman Nikita Zaitsev signs a 1-year entry level deal with Toronto from the KHL. After one season, Zaitsev signs a long-term deal with the Maple Leafs on May 2nd, 2017. He’s become a top 4 defencemen on the Leafs, and is an integral part of Toronto’s core.

June 20th, 2016: After trading James Reimer, the only NHL goalie Toronto had on their roster was Jonathen Bernier. In need of the franchise goalie that had eluded them since Ed Belfour in the early 2000’s, Toronto traded a 1st and 2nd round pick to Anaheim for goalie Fredrick Andersen. Andersen has been solid for Toronto in 2 seasons, amassing a 58-30-18 record, with a 2.64 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

June 24th, 2016: After winning the draft lottery, the day came for Toronto to select Auston Matthews 1st overall.

July 1st, 2016: Needing a little intimidation on their fourth line and a tough guy to protect their kids, Toronto signed former New York Islander Matt Martin to a 4-year, $10 million-dollar deal. Although he’s currently on the outside of the lineup, looking in, he’s still a very important part of the team.

July 8th, 2016: Jonathen Bernier, and his relatively high cap space, are traded to Anaheim. This opens the door for Andersen to be the #1, as if that was ever in doubt.

July 21st, 2016: Usually top picks sign their rookie deals rather quickly, but Matthews didn’t sign until July 21st. This had some Leaf fans sweating, but ultimately, we knew Toronto would get a deal done.

August 22nd, 2016: Jhonas Enroth and Toronto agreed to a 1-year deal. In 6 starts, he went winless with a .872 save percentage. Toronto waived Enroth on, December 5th, 2016 which opened the door for Curtis McEhlinney waiver claim.

January 9th, 2017: Curtis McEhlinney is claimed on waivers by Toronto after the Leafs waived Jhonas Enroth. McElhinney resigned with Toronto to a two-year, $1.7 million-dollar deal on July 1st, 2017.

May 16th, 2017: Andreas Borgman signs a 2-year, entry-level deal, with the Maple Leafs. Borgman has been in and out of the lineup this season. When Borgman plays, he has looked quite good for a rookie and still has the potential to mold into a top 4 defensemen for Toronto.  

July 1st, 2017: Ron Hainsey signs as a free agent with the Maple Leafs, agreeing to a 2-year, $6 million-dollar deal. Although this deal was criticized because of Hainsey’s age, he’s proved his critics wrong, sliding into Toronto’s top 4 and being a rock on the back end that head coach Mike Babcock can depend on.

July 1st, 2017: Dominic Moore agreed to a 1-year deal, beginning his second tenure with the Maple Leafs after playing 101 games in Toronto between 2007 and 2009.

July 2nd, 2017: Patrick Marleau leaves San Jose after 19 seasons agreeing to a 3-year, $18.75 million-dollar deal with the Leafs. He’s been a nice veteran add for Toronto, with 16 goals and 25 points in 52 games.

January 31st, 2018: With Roman Polak and Ron Hainsey out with illness, Toronto calls up Justin Holl. The 26-year-old scored a goal in his first game and got to play with his former Marlies defensive partner, Travis Dermott.

Overall this timeline spans over 4240 days, from June 24th 2006 to January 31st, 2018. Or 1392 days, if you were to go from the day Shanahan was hired to the day Holl was recalled. Either way, we’re just 2 months into the 4th year of Shanahan as president and his so-named “Shanaplan”. It's fair to say that this management group is just getting started.

It’ll be exciting to see what else Shanahan, Lamiorello, Dubas, Hunter, and Babcock can muster up in the years to come.