Former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe
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Sheldon Keefe appears to have already found his next NHL team

Published May 10, 2024 at 1:47 PM

Following his dismissal as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sheldon Keefe may have already found a new opportunity with the New Jersey Devils, who currently have a coaching vacancy.

Despite the expectation of a leisurely break after parting ways with the Maple Leafs, Keefe could be back in action sooner than anticipated, with teams reportedly interested in his services. In a heartfelt video posted on his personal social media account, Keefe expressed gratitude to the Maple Leafs organization and their fans.

Leafs nation. Time has come to say goodbye. Writing down a note and sending it out didn't seem like enough. And I do plan on taking a little break from media. So here I am. Um. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs. It's a dream come true for a boy from Brampton.
I want to thank Kyle Dubas, Lou Lamorello, Brad Treliving, Brandon Pridham, Brendan Shanahan, Larry Tannenbaum and the MLSC board for giving me this opportunity to work with the Marleys and Leafs. I didn't get it done in the playoffs. I didn't help push our team over the line and deliver.
I accept responsibility for that. No excuses. That's the job. I didn't get it done. It's the reality of the business and I accept it. To the players. I appreciate all your efforts, your talents and your work ethic made me look good on a lot of nights. Anyone who suited up for blue and white, I appreciate you.
To the support staff of the Maple Leafs, your tremendous people and your elite at what you do. Players and support staff will drive the team to success. I believe it will win. Beliefs nation. You deserve your Stanley cup. Your passion at, uh, home and on the road is unmatched.
It's an incredible honor to coach the maple Leafs, to try to deliver for you. To the media that, uh, had to deal with you every single day. Sometimes twice a day, three times a day. I appreciate your process.
I respected the fact that you're honest and fair and had a job to do. I hope you appreciated the fact that I helped you do it. I don't know what comes next, but I know I'll be ready for it. In the meantime, I'll enjoy giving my family the time that they deserve.
Love you all and be well. Bye.

While Keefe's two-year contract with the Maple Leafs extends into the summer, he will continue to receive payment until the end of the 2025-26 season. Whether he decides to honor his contract or pursue coaching elsewhere remains to be seen, but rumors suggest that the New Jersey Devils are already considering Keefe for their coaching position.

I do believe the New Jersey Devils will have interest in interviewing Sheldon Keefe as part of their coaching search

Fans speculate that Keefe may not immediately jump back into coaching, but the possibility remains open. If he does decide to coach during the 2024-25 season, it's likely to be a decision made later on, rather than immediately.

Despite the uncertainty, Keefe's future in the NHL remains a topic of interest among fans and analysts alike.
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Sheldon Keefe appears to have already found his next NHL team

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