Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe and Pittsburgh Penguins GM Kyle Dubas
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Sheldon Keefe finally breaks out of his shell and calls out Kyle Dubas

Published March 31, 2024 at 5:20 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe indirectly criticized former general manager Kyle Dubas today, highlighting the team's struggles to maintain consistent depth players under Dubas's tenure.

The Leafs have witnessed several players, such as Zach Hyman, Jared McCann, Mason Marchment, Trevor Moore, and Alexander Barabanov, depart the team, which has impacted their depth. Keefe emphasized the importance of continuity and developing players within the organization, pointing out the potential growth of players like McMann and Benoit within the Leafs group.

"I don't know how many players I have coached in my time here, but I have coached a lot of players, and a lot of guys have come and gone. Some continuity and having guys you are bringing along who are growing with the team is really important. In McMann and Benoit's cases, we think they are guys who can continue to grow with the group."

Under new general manager Brad Treliving, efforts have been made to address this issue. Treliving has bolstered the team's depth with significant signings like Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi on one-year deals, while also prioritizing continuity by securing players like Simon Benoit with a three-year extension.

Benoit's defensive prowess and McMann's unexpected contributions have been crucial surprises for the Leafs this season, providing stability and depth to the lineup.

With these signings, the Leafs aim to establish consistency throughout their roster as they strive towards a Stanley Cup championship.

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