The Toronto Maple Leafs kept the wrong staff this offseason and it’s costing them.
During his tenure as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, fans either loved or hated Kyle Dubas and there wasn’t much in between. However, after 14 games, I can’t seem to find one fan that loves Brad Treliving.
It’s unfortunate to continue to write bad things about an executive who’s only been employed for a few months, but it’s pretty clear that his moves aren’t working. As a result, something needs to change quickly.
Over the course of Dubas’ career, the Leafs weren’t necessarily the greatest team of all-time to start their season’s, but they changed course quickly and the moves seemed to work. Whether it was firing Mike Babcock, demoting Joe Thornton in replace of Michael Bunting or making a trade in-season for more grit like Ilya Lubushkin, Noel Acciari or Luke Schenn, he made a move.
It’s only November 6th and changes don’t happen usually until the NHL Trade Deadline, but something has to give.
When Babcock was fired, the date was November 20, 2019 so that could be an important date for Sheldon Keefe to circle, because he’ll be the first guy on the chopping block.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are Going to Fire Sheldon Keefe
From November 12-24, the Leafs will fly to Sweden to play two games, which is where I think the team will ultimately fire Keefe.
They’ll send Keefe packing and it’ll give the team a few days to digest the information and not get peppered about it in their hometown. Although I wish it was Treliving and/or Shanahan who could be the one who gets fired, I’d be shocked if it’s not Keefe who’s the first to lose his job.
So what if Keefe gets fired?
Will that actually change the outcome of anything? Will that be the spark this team needs for John Klingberg to be a respectable defensive defenseman? Probably, not.
Speaking of Klingberg, he needs to be cut. He is awful and isn’t an NHL player any longer. This was very as predictable as it is embarrassing for the Leafs. This was a mistake the second it was announced.
The Toronto Maple Leafs need to make a huge trade. They are not really going to fix this team with a new coach when there are at least a half dozen problems on the roster.
I can’t remember a GM getting so much hate after so little time, but Treliving’s inability to spend $20 wisely has really set this team up for failure right now and it’s horrifying to watch, especially when Auston Matthews is on pace for 82 goals this year.
I really hope something big happens soon because I’m sick of this.