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Treliving confirms Keefe will return as Leafs’ head coach, extension reportedly to come this summer

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9 months ago
As expected, Sheldon Keefe will be back behind the Toronto Maple Leafs bench next season. According to multiple sources, Leafs general manager Brad Treliving confirmed as much on Tuesday ahead of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
What we didn’t necessarily expect was what TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Tuesday: Keefe will receive an extension this summer.
Keefe, 42, has coached the Toronto Maple Leafs for practically four seasons (took over for Babcock in November of 2019) and although they only have one series win to their name with him as the bench boss, they have been a very, very good regular season team with him.

Sheldon Keefe’s record with the Maple Leafs:

267 GP – 166 W – 71 L – 30 OTL – .678 PTS%
2019-20: 47 GP – 27-15-5 – 59 PTS – .628 PTS%
2020-21: 56 GP – 35-14-7 – 77 PTS – .688 PTS%
2021-22: 82 GP – 54-21-7 – 115 PTS – .701 PTS%
2022-23: 82 GP – 50-21-11 – 111 PTS – .677 PTS%
The Maple Leafs have four straight seasons – with Keefe in charge – with a points percentage of .628 or better. In his three full seasons as head coach with Toronto following his taking over for Babcock in late 2019, the lowest points percentage they posted was this past season with .677.
The franchise received its first 50-win season last year and followed that season up with another 50-win campaign this past season and has put up back-to-back years with 110 plus points.
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