Say what you want about Brendan Shanahan as league disciplinarian, he's a guy who makes noticeable changes that announce he's leading you...somewhere. The video explanations and attempts to be open and transparent about the decision-making process on supplementary discipline was clearly a response to fans feeling that it was all Gregory's daddy puffing a cigar and making decisions based on personal relationships. In the videos, he tried to give the impression that there were a number of elements in play and that decisions were taken by considering all of the factors involved. Unfortunately, in the rush to create comprehensible, concrete conditions that would make a difference in supplementary discipline - injury on the play? penalty called on the ice? spontaneous play or did things build to an incident? - they only made the concrete conditions seem arbitrarily chosen - why should it matter if the 'victim' was fortunate enough to avoid injury?; refs miss calls all the time; why is that one player responsible for the actions of others? - and made the subjective decisions stand out all the more starkly. "Lucic wasn't trying to hit Miller." "Cooke doesn't deliberately stomp Karlsson's ankle." So - it was a proactive idea that failed in the execution, but he identified something that was lacking and tried to address it.
Now that he's Laffs President, you can see him doing the same thing. He's almost like the Sox or the Cubs getting superstitious and trying to remove curses. First he hires Du(m)bas(s) signalling that the Leafs are going to try to get on the front end of the curve for using advanced stats in personnel decisions; completely the opposite direction of the Ballard era or the Fletcher days. Now he's gotten MLSE to completely reverse their position to erase the memorabilia of past glory at the ACC. They're giving rings to the players in the 60s who didn't get rings, or a ring for every Cup they won. They're going to put up statues of past greats (they announced that Ted Kennedy will be the first one today - thus the thread). It's like they want to make peace with the past glory some fans still remember but also be innovative. All of this sounds like Shanahan's leadership to me based on how he's worked in the past. The question, though, is whether this will be another "suspension videos" flop or can he mend both the team's image and its on ice product.
(Offer him Camara and Bartkowski for Kessel straight up. Tell him their Corsiwickflavuflavvin!+/-% is 4(x)/yz+(3*3.1415/99). Retained salary transaction and voila! Third line RW.)
Are you not entertained?!?!