Weekend Reads Toronto Maple Leafs fire head coach Mike Babcock, promote Sheldon Keefe to role

00:00  21 november  2019
00:00  21 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Babcock firing a step toward solving greater Maple Leafs problem

  Babcock firing a step toward solving greater Maple Leafs problem It had to happen. It was merely a matter of when, where, and in which fashion. The Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday, and though it registered as a relative bombshell, it really came as no surprise to anyone with their finger on the pulse of the sport. What started as a season of great hope in Toronto has been derailed through one-quarter of the schedule - punctuated by a six-game losing streak - and someone had to pay. The coach almost always goes first.The timing - the team is in the middle of a road trip and there are 59 games remaining in the regular season - isn't especially eyebrow-raising, either.

Mike Babcock was fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Mike Babcock relieved of his duties as head coach . [RELATED: Keefe prepared to fill role as coach of Maple Leafs ]. "Our game is not really meeting our expectations," Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the firing of head coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday Babcock will be replaced by Sheldon Keefe , who has been the head coach of the Toronto Marlies “Over parts of the last five seasons, Mike has played an integral role in changing the direction of our

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TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Mike Babcock replaced him with Sheldon Keefe.

Babcock had a record of 9-10-4 in 2019-20 for the struggling Leafs, who are 0-5-1 in their last six games, including five straight losses in regulation.

Hired as part of Toronto's massive rebuild in the spring of 2015, the 56-year-old Babcock went 173-133-45 in his four-plus seasons with Toronto.

After signing the richest coaching contract in NHL history at US$50 million over eight years, Babcock got Toronto to the playoffs the last three straight seasons, but was unable to advance beyond the first round.

The 39-year-old Keefe, who has a long history with Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, was in his fifth season as head coach of the American Hockey league's Toronto Marlies.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2019.

The Canadian Press

Want a Sweet Gig? Don’t Coach the Toronto Maple Leafs .
TORONTO — If there is one thing most hockey observers can agree on, it’s that coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs is a perilous job. Mike Babcock, who was fired on Wednesday after four-plus years with the team, was the sixth Leafs coach to be dismissed since 2006, following Peter Horachek, Randy Carlyle, Ron Wilson, Paul Maurice and Pat Quinn. To replace Babcock, the team promoted Sheldon Keefe from its American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.© Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The Maple Leafs were on a six-game winless streak when Babcock was fired this week. The former N.H.L.

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