Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe
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Sheldon Keefe officially fired by the Leafs

Published May 9, 2024 at 10:07

After another disappointing season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, which ended in a playoff defeat, changes are underway. Today, the team announced the firing of head coach Sheldon Keefe.

The season ended painfully with a goal from Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak. Following the loss, Keefe made a blunt remark about the team's playoff struggles, suggesting they often beat themselves.

"When teams play the Leafs, they set up the game for the Leafs to beat themselves."

Sheldon Keefe on the Leafs game 7 loss.

These comments were seen as a signal of the end for Keefe in Toronto. Today, the Maple Leafs officially confirmed his departure with an announcement and reports posted on X.

The #leafs have begun a search for Sheldon Keefe's replacement and will make decision on other members of the staff once its completed.

Today's decision was difficult. Sheldon is an excellent coach and a great man; however, we determined a new voice is needed to help the team push through to reach our ultimate goal. We thank Sheldon for his hard work and dedication to the organization over the last nine years, and wish him and his family all the very best

With Keefe out, attention shifts to who will take over as head coach. One name circulating is Craig Berube, with tweets suggesting the Leafs have shown interest in him.

Did Biz just call Craig Berube's bluff on being the Leafs' next coach?

The Leafs have expressed interest in former Blues HC Craig Berube this summer.

As the coaching search progresses, Berube seems to be a strong candidate. Beyond coaching, the Maple Leafs might also shake up their core players, potentially starting with Mitch Marner.

We'll keep you updated on the new head coach once more information becomes available.
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