Kyle Dubas explains why new Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe will be judged on more than wins and losses

Thomas Drance
June 08 2015 12:09PM

Sheldon Keefe has gone from an outcast to the head coach of the Toronto Marlies - one of the most prestigious head coaching jobs in hockey outside of the NHL ranks - in the blink of an eye. The 2015 OHL coach of the year's career trajectory is rocketing forward with the dizzying momentum of an Imperator Furiosa-led post apocalyptic Road War.

With the Marlies Keefe will be judged less on his win/loss record than by his ability to develop players, Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas told the Leafs Lunch crew during an appearance on TSN 1050 radio in Toronto on Monday. He'll also be tasked with matching Mike Babcock's systems, and perhaps experimenting with some newer ideas that the organization hopes to eventually implement at the NHL level. 

It's a fascinating opportunity for one of hockey's highly regarded up-and-coming young bench bosses. Read on for more comments from Dubas about the Keefe hire.

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Friedman: "Serious offers... starting to come in" for Phil Kessel

Jon Steitzer
June 08 2015 10:51AM

When Elliotte Friedman talks Phil Kessel it's always worth a listen, and that's what happened Monday morning on Sportsnet 960 in Calgary (via Today's Slapshot). Elliotte reiterated his points from his 30 Thoughts and Saturday Headline comments on Kessel that Justin Fisher has previously summarized on TLN that things are beginning to heat up on the Kessel trade front.

“From what I understand teams are calling the Toronto Maple Leafs and asking ‘If we're serious about doing this, what is the price going to be?"

The new insight from Elliotte Friedman is after the jump.

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Jake Gardiner coveted by Avalanche?

Ryan Fancey
June 08 2015 09:47AM

Trying to pinpoint Jake Gardiner's value has been a tough task since he joined the Leafs four years ago, and how he's viewed as a trade chip both internally and externally is especially hard to speculate on. Because he's been seen as a bit of a wildcard among fans and media, he's also prone to being dropped into trade rumors often. 

The Avalanche are a team apparently looking to make some changes this offseason, and shoring up their blue line is, or at least should be, a priority. And now Gardiner's name is surfacing again.

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Marlies Hire Sheldon Keefe As Head Coach

Jeff Veillette
June 08 2015 08:03AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced the hiring of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds head coach Sheldon Keefe, to take over the bench duties of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

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TOP-10 UFA COUNTDOWN: #9—ANTTI NIEMI

Lowetide
June 08 2015 08:00AM

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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

Antti Niemi is the most famous free-agent goalie available this summer and that should result in a big payday. NHL teams in need of a starter can look for a trade—and there are quality options available, reportedly in Ottawa and Vancouver—but adding free agent is merely a cap hit and that will have major appeal for many teams.

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