Sheldon Keefe’s never satisfied mentality could take Leafs to the next level

What kind of coach do you think of when I say Sheldon Keefe’s name?
The 41-year-old has been the Maple Leafs’ bench boss for just over two years and carries a 139-86-38 record in the regular season. However, the one hump he’s yet to get the team over is the first round.
Keefe has done it in the AHL, winning a Calder Cup with the Toronto Marlies in 2018. But in the NHL, he’s only been able to have regular season success.
When I think of Keefe as a coach, I think of someone who’s never satisfied.

Keefe not satisfied despite winning
— . (@_marlanderthews) February 10, 2021

If you remember back to the All or Nothing series, there was a part where Keefe felt like he’s losing the team. Toronto was winning games, but not in the ways that he wanted.
He preached playing the right way.
That might be playing in systems, having compete, or just making the correct play. Keefe makes it known if he doesn’t like his teams performance, even if it’s a win.

Leafs have won eight of their last nine games, but Keefe not fully satisfied with the play.
“We’ve been getting a lot of points here as of late. We know we’ve got to play better.”
— David Alter (@dalter) November 14, 2021

On the Maple Leafs’ most recent road trip, Toronto lost a lead quite a few times. Keefe, though, thought the team played well in the circumstances.
“No.” Keefe said after Saturday’s win over the Blues when asked if he was concerned with the amount of leads given up on the road trip. “It’s not indicative of who we’ve been all season long. I think each game has had its different circumstances, and I also think we’re ju …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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