Maple Leafs Rumors: Sheldon Keefe Future Becoming Very Clear

Toronto Maple Leaf fans have been calling for Sheldon Keefe's head seemingly after each disappointing playoff ouster over the past couple of seasons. This offseason, with a new GM in tow, surely, they figured, Keefe's days are numbered. It's becoming clear now that is not the case. 

NHL Insider Darren Dreger is reporting that not only have Brad Treliving and Keefe been forging a relationship, Keefe might be in Toronto for longer than expected.

"Sheldon Keefe and Brad Treliving spent some time together and got to know each other, and Treliving feels confident that Keefe is the right coach for the Maple Leafs," says Dreger. "A very likely scenario is that Keefe will receive an extension at some point this summer."

First up, though, Treliving and Keefe are working together to find an assistant coach to replace the departed Spencer Carbery. 

The Leafs lost three straight first-round series under Keefe in his first three seasons at the helm, then this spring, after finally breaking through with a Round 1 win, they were unceremoniously swept by the Florida Panthers in the second round, renewing the calls for Keefe's head from the fanbase. 

It's hard to argue with his regular season success in Toronto, with a 166-71-30 record for an elite .678 winning percentage. 

It appears that Treliving is confident to continue along that path. 

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