Brad Treliving Reveals Possible Drama Coming in the Leafs' Locker Room

Julien Trekker
September 12, 2023  (10:13)

Brad Treliving recently made a declaration that could worry Leafs fans.

Possible Drama in Toronto?


According to the GM, some conflict could emerge in the Leafs' locker room during the season. This isn't encouraging ahead of a season with high expectations.
Here's his statement:
"The ultimate job of the coach is to maximize the performance of the individual and therefore the performance of the team. And there's different ways to do it. Some days aren't all rainbows and lollipops. This is a hard business, and it's a hard league.

And to do great things is difficult, and you have to push people out of their comfort zone. So I think there's always ways that you can push players.

You want to be careful, I've always felt that the hardest conversations are usually best handled behind closed doors. And I don't think a player needs to be admonished publicly to understand if there's something that the coach feels he needs to get better at.

Having said that, it's an emotional game. Things happen. I'm sure there's going to be emotional times this year... When you live in this business and you work in it and this is what you do and you're invested the way everybody is invested, sometimes there's an emotional shrapnel that comes up.

I haven't been through it in Toronto. I'm sure it flies right under the radar in Toronto, and nothing ever gets printed. And there's no headlines for it, I'm sure. But what I found out is, nine times out of 10, that's just a little bit of noise and emotion. You certainly don't want that every day. But to think that you're not going to have some of that every once in a while, we're probably kidding ourselves. But I think you handle your business as men behind closed doors, face to face, and I'm sure that's how a lot of it will be handled moving forward." - Brad Treliving

An Emotional Game


In every successfull sports teams, there will be adversity to overcome. Some challenges will arise that will push players to their limit. In those situations, drama often arise.
In order to build a true team spirit, you need to have players who want to win and want to avoid losing at any cost. For real competitors, losing is hard and brings out a lot of negative emotions. Then, in order to battle through these moment, it's the head coach's job to deal with them and know which buttons to push to obtain the best from them
Sheldon Keefe, who signed an extension a few weeks ago, will have to deal with this drama.
So, there will certainly be some tough moments in the coming season. But if Keefe reacts right, it'll be a good thing for the team.