Insider shares insight on when the decision for Keefe will be made

James Connelly
June 13, 2023  (4:44 PM)

Sheldon Keefe is one of the largest talking points for the Leafs offseason and we know when to expect an answer on his situation.

Keefe Decision Timeline Revealed

When a new General Manager takes the helm of a team, there is a multitude of tasks that await their attention. One crucial aspect of this role is addressing the status of the team's head coach, in this case, Sheldon Keefe. Recent revelations by an insider shed light on the developments surrounding Keefe's future.
According to insider Chris Johnston, the Toronto Maple Leafs did not entertain any other potential candidates for the coaching position. This indicates that the focus has remained on Keefe as the incumbent coach.
Keefe still has a year left on his contract, emphasizing that the organization may not consider replacing him as a top priority. The remaining contractual period suggests that the team may be inclined to retain Keefe for the time being.

Johnston's Thoughts

Johnston revealed that an official announcement regarding Keefe's situation is expected before the end of the following week.
"The truth is, I don't know what's going to happen. I haven't heard of the Leafs' management interviewing anyone else. I'm sure they've had at least the hypothetical exercises, saying 'well, if we were to move on from him, would we get person A, person B, person C?', but I don't think it's been that high a priority.

I think that there's just been a lot of things on the new general manager's plate... we're at the point where Sheldon Keefe is going need to know at some point. He does have a contract for next year, but I would imagine that he's looking for clarity here... I would be surprised if it went beyond the end of this week without us at least knowing one way or the other, but I don't have any reason to suspect that the timing suggests that a change is coming."

As a new General Manager takes charge, one of the pressing tasks is to assess and make decisions about the head coach. Recent revelations from an insider suggest that the Toronto Maple Leafs have not pursued alternative candidates and that Keefe's contractual obligations may influence the decision-making process. Fans and enthusiasts eagerly await the forthcoming announcement that will shed light on Keefe's future with the team.
For a better understanding of the insider's insights, listeners are encouraged to tune in to the complete interview on TSN's First Up. In this interview, Johnston provides additional information on other relevant topics, including the performance of players such as Robertson and Nylander.