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Treliving Confirms Sheldon Keefe Will Return as Maple Leafs Head Coach

In a confirmation that comes as less of a surprise than it might have a month ago, Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brad Treliving has officially announced that Sheldon Keefe will continue as the team’s head coach. Reports from Darren Dreger of TSN had indicated a few weeks ago that Keefe’s return was likely, and Treliving confirmed the news during a media availability session at the draft.

“We’re excited for him to do so,” Treliving stated when asked about his decision to bring Keefe back for another season. The confirmation solidifies the team’s plans to continue their journey under Keefe’s leadership.

When Treliving was initially appointed as the Maple Leafs’ new GM, he expressed his intention to meet with Keefe and gain a deeper understanding of the coach’s capabilities before making any major decisions. Over the past month, reports emerged that both Treliving and Keefe were involved in the process of finding a new assistant coach to fill the void left by Spencer Carbery’s departure to the Washington Capitals. Keefe’s active involvement in the search indicated that his return behind the bench was highly likely.

In addition to the coaching announcement, Treliving addressed the contract negotiations of key forwards Auston Matthews and William Nylander. Both players are eligible for contract extensions starting from July 1, one year prior to their unrestricted free agency. Treliving expressed confidence in reaching agreements with both Matthews and Nylander, stating, “I’m confident we’re going to get both players signed until proven otherwise.”

Securing the futures of Matthews and Nylander will be crucial for the Maple Leafs as they aim to build a competitive roster for the upcoming seasons. Treliving’s optimistic outlook suggests that negotiations are progressing positively and that the team is committed to retaining their talented forwards.

With the coaching situation clarified and contract talks underway, the Maple Leafs can now focus on their offseason plans, including potential roster adjustments and preparations for the upcoming season. As fans eagerly await the start of the new campaign, the confirmation of Keefe’s return provides a sense of stability and continuity for the team’s coaching staff.

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