“Keefe Stays a Leaf” Signs New Two-Year Extension

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 8: Toronto Maple Leafs' Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas announced today that Sheldon Keefe (pictured) has been named head coach of the Toronto Marlies. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe has inked a new 2 year prove it to me contract. The new deal will take Keefe through to the end of the 2023-24 season.

This will be Keefe’s first full 82 game run with the Leafs, giving him a chance to prove he can handle the job with the big club. In 2018 Keefe led the Leafs AHL affiliate Marlies to the Calder Cup championship and is hoping for the same success at the next level.

In 103 games total Keefe has a 62-29-12 record. However, the regular season success has yet to spill over to the playoffs. In 2019 the Leafs lost to Columbus in the qualifying round missing the playoffs altogether. They followed that up by hitting the golf courses early this spring, after being shocked by the Montreal Canadians in 7 games of the first round.

Keefe has the best start of any head coach in Leaf history, going 15-4-1 in his first 20 games. He will be hoping to create that kind of success again this season, as the Leafs window may be getting tight.

If Keefe wants to receive another contract extension after next season, he is going to need to lead this team to the promised land, and quench that 54 year Stanley Cup draught!

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