Source: Leafs interested in Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs?

A source confirmed to ESPN.com Wednesday that Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke has communicated an interest to Shanahan, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, about a potential job in the Leafs' hockey front office.

On the same day Trevor Linden was named president of hockey operations in Vancouver, which comes after Joe Sakic got a similar gig in Colorado last year, it appears MLSE is looking for something similar.

Shanahan talked to the Calgary Flames last year, but nothing came of it.

Whether this has more legs remains to be seen, but on the surface this appears to be a good fit given Shanahan’s Toronto-area roots and a perceived desire for a while now to help run an NHL team.

The Leafs crashed and burned over the past month, falling out of a playoff spot after losing 10 of their last 12 games. They were officially eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday night.