Brad Treliving hints at Sheldon Keefe's future in Toronto

Is Keefe's job safe with a new GM on the job?



The Toronto Maple Leafs have themselves a new general manager in the form of Brad Treliving, who takes the job that was vacated following the termination of Kyle Dubas in early May. 

Treliving takes over a group of players who have achieved plenty of regular season success in recent years, but have only won a single postseason series in their years together. Based on comments made by Treliving in his press conference earlier today, it doesn't sound as though any drastic changes will be made on the ice.

But what about the coaching staff? The Leafs have already lost one key assistant coach in Spencer Carbery, who departed to take the vacant Washington Capitals head coaching position. Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe, who was hired into the organization every step of the way by Dubas, has been speculated by many that his job security could be in danger with a new face leading the organization. 

What does Treliving have to say about the status of Keefe? 

“My outside lens of Sheldon, I think he’s a really good coach," Treliving said. "We’re going to sit down.

“... I’m coming in with no preconceived notions.”

The Leafs have certainly taken good strides under Keefe, but their postseason victory over Tampa and the subsequent loss against Florida is going to help them realize just how much it takes to make a deep run.

“In terms of our core group, I feel like we have grown a lot together,” Keefe said last month. “On a day like today, it is really tough to feel or sense any sort of progress, but I do feel we have made progress as a group. A lot of the disappointment that comes in losing is attached to the excitement you have for your team and the potential that your team has.

"That excitement and potential — I believe — is still very much there. I think we feel that. I think we feel good about the fact that we were able to push through the first round, and yet you also sense that you are so close, and the margin is so thin to get beyond that — to get from eight to four and ultimately from two to one. You feel close, and yet you recognize how far away it is.”

Source: TSN