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Insider Reveals if Sheldon Keefe is Liked in the Leafs' Locker room


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Julien Trekker
September 1, 2023  (1:10 PM)
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In a recent NHL Network segment, analysts delved into various aspects of the Toronto Maple Leafs, including their head coach, Sheldon Keefe. The panelists' thoughts on whether the players actually like Keefe were particularly intriguing.

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Treliving's Ambiguous Comments Raise Eyebrows

When asked about player sentiment toward Keefe during a press conference on his contract extension, Leafs' Brad Treliving gave an answer that left some room for interpretation.
"He's got a real good relationship with our players...

"It's not about being liked as a coach, it's about being respected"

#Leafsforever Treliving re Keefe

Despite Treliving mentioning a good relationship between players and coach, it didn't completely resolve questions about Keefe's popularity in the locker room.

New Development

Following Treliving's ambiguous comments, several reporters conducted further investigations into player opinions on Keefe.
Also, don't think Tre made this decision without consulting the team's stars. It's evident the players enjoy playing for Keefe.

The NHL Network team also endorsed these findings in their discussion on Keefe and the Leafs.
Why is Sheldon Keef the right man to see this project through up there?

A few different reasons. One is, I think he does have a great relationship with the players, the top players in Toronto, clearly like playing for Sheldon Keefe. They have a ton of success with him, all of them, individually and collectively.

The NHL Network panel lauded Keefe's contract extension, stating it eliminates distractions and allows the team to focus on the game.
There's a fact that there would be a lot of noise in Toronto, a market that I am very familiar with, a lot of noise if he started the season. What's his job security like? Is he coaching to save his job? Whatever. And Toronto is one of the few organizations that could extend a coach for two years, and there's really nothing invested other than money if it doesn't work out.

All told, the atmosphere seems positive in Toronto for now. Players, coaching staff, and management all appear to be on the same page as they look forward to the new season.
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