Roundtable: Evaluating the Toronto Maple Leafs Coaching Change

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)
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) /
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TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 5: Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock returns to the locker room before playing the Los Angeles Kings at the Scotiabank Arena on November 5, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 5: Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock returns to the locker room before playing the Los Angeles Kings at the Scotiabank Arena on November 5, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Spencer Teixeira

Firing Mike Babcock, although difficult, was absolutely the right choice.

Babs is a sure-fire hall of fame coach with various accomplishments ranging from NHL to international competition. He was also instrumental in bringing the Leafs to a competitive state and helped rebrand the Leafs as a respectable organization.

That being said, he simply was not fit for this team. Babs’ focus on tight defence and overly responsible hockey exhausted and demoralized the offensively-minded Leafs squad we so tightly hang on to. It was time for him to go, which is so unfortunate and depressing considering the hope that Babcock had with the organization heading into last season.

In terms of Keefe, the biggest change I see is the pace. I believe that Keefe will preach a game more in line with what Dubas and the players believe in. I expect fast-paced plays and overwhelming offence from Keefe’s Leafs. Other than that, I go into this with an open mind. I’d like to see what Keefe can bring to the table.