Brendan Shanahan's Department of Player Safety lost one valuable person earlier this summer when Rob Blake left to join the Kings' front office so on Thursday Blake was replaced with not one but two people.

Rangers great Brian Leetch will be joining the department as well as Patrick Burke the NHL announced on Thursday.

"Brian Leetch and Patrick Burke are two astute members of the hockey community who will bring unique perspectives and personal experiences to the Department of Player Safety" Shanahan said. "As one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history Brian displayed a rare sense of the game and its nuances that will be a tremendous asset to our department's efforts to make the game safer for our players while maintaining its physicality and passion. The ability to evaluate players that Patrick refined as a pro and amateur scout will be invaluable to the team that monitors games each night to both identify incidents that might merit Supplemental Discipline and to note developing trends in our game."