Sheldon Keefe addresses his future with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sheldon Keefe addresses his future with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs faces the media on Monday and addresses his future.

Jonathan Larivee

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to make big changes over the course of the coming days, weeks, and months but in spite of that dark cloud hanging over their heads, the Maple Leafs' players and their head coach were forced to face the media on Monday morning.

The big question when it comes to Keefe is of course whether or not he will return to the Maple Leafs bench for another year as head coach after once again failing to advance beyond the first round. Keefe was asked about his future on Monday, and reiterated that he remained confident in the players under his care.

"So I'm in the coaching business", began Keefe. "In the coaching business you don't get to make decisions about your position, so for me it's out of my control.

"I understand that ownership and management, they make those types of decisions. I accept responsibility for not meeting results.

"I believe in myself greatly, I love coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now more than ever I believe in myself and our team and that I will win and our team will win. I've been through a lot as a coach in my career to get to this level and I've won a lot before coming here.

"The path always looks different but you learn along the way and I've learned a lot through my experience and I know I'm in a good place."

In spite of his confidence Keefe would again, entirely unprompted, acknowledge the situation he is in as a result of the results the team has had on the ice.

"That decision is out of my control," admitted Keefe. "My job is to continue to work to find solutions and to continue to improve as a coach and at the same time take accountability for the fact that we haven't met expectations."

Keefe just flat out fell on his sword for his players.

"I would like the attention and focus to be on me as the head coach and the leader and you've got to be accountable when you don't meet expectations."