At least one pending free agent is off the table in Toronto, as the Maple Leafs have reportedly signed head coach Sheldon Keefe to a two-year extension. Keefe, 41, is entering his third season behind the Leafs bench.
Sources say Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe has agreed to a 2-year extension. He was entering the final year of his deal. Signed through 23-24 now. More details on Insider Trading shortly on Sportscentre. @TSNHockey @TheAthletic
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) September 30, 2021
This extension keeps Keefe as Leafs head coach through the 2023/24 season. The three-year agreement he signed when he replaced Mike Babcock during the 2019/20 season was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2021/22 campaign.
In his short time in Toronto, Sheldon Keefe has had an incredibly successful regular-season record. His .660 points percentage with the Leafs ranks as the best in Leafs history, ahead of Frank Carroll (1921, .625 PTS%) and Pat Quinn (1999-2006, .591 PTS%). Despite this, the pressure is on following two consecutive first-round exits under his tenure.
The timing of this extension is fascinating. With all eyes focused on the Leafs to perform in the postseason, a preseason contract extension for the head coach could be perceived as curious timing. In reality, …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation