Roundtable: Evaluating the Toronto Maple Leafs Coaching Change

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Sheldon Keefe of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on from the bench during a game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on November 21, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The game was Keefe's first game as an NHL head coach. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs appointed Sheldon Keefe head coach after firing Mike Babcock.

The Toronto Maple Leafs acted on the slow start to the season by firing coach Mike Babcock. In doing so, they pulled their long-term blueprint ahead; appointing Sheldon Keefe head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It’s probably the worst kept secret within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization that Dubas always wanted Keefe to succeed Babcock, understandable, considering the successes the Toronto Marlies held under the two.

The change, reportedly, brought a sigh of relief in the Toronto Maple Leafs locker room. Call it a “shock” effect, but 2 games in and the Toronto Maple Leafs seem to have found their winning ways again, though the game in Colorado was one they stole.

What’s ahead

The Toronto Maple Leafs, in the aftermath of it all, still have a season to turn around. Sitting fourth in the Atlantic Division, in a non-playoff spot, with most of the Eastern rivals ahead and behind holding games in hand, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in need of results.

Whether Keefe can manage to improve the play on the ice while staying in playoff contention is something that will prove itself over the following weeks.

This all was widely discussed among the Editor In Leaf, leading to this weeks roundtable question; “Was firing Babcock the right move and what will be the biggest change moving forward with Keefe?”

Let’s find out.

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