Sheldon Keefe throws some shade at Kyle Dubas after announcing new Assistant Coaches

Published July 21, 2023 at 1:45 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have undergone some major organizational changes this summer. Most recently, the Leafs filled out their coaching staff with Guy Boucher and Mike Van Ryn who will work with the power play and defence respectively.

According to Sportsnet, Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe has taken aim at former general manager Kyle Dubas with his comments regarding the new coaching hires; take a look:

Hiring Guy Boucher and Mike Van Ryn is just the latest of the new faces with the Maple Leafs, and head coach Sheldon Keefe is excited to dig in and prepare for camp.

"It's as complete a staff as we've had in my time," Keefe said.

This sounds like a thinly veiled shot at Dubas who seemingly had more control in Toronto than he led people to believe before he left. Dubas was reported to always want a hand in every decision made, going as far as to mention he'd have a hand in lineup decision at last year's Trade Deadline.

Time will tell if this makes a difference behind the Leafs bench next season, but if this does work, it further shows how much power Dubas actually has in Toronto. The hiring of Boucher especially is of note as Dubas had refused during his time in Toronto to hire an individual with previous NHL Head Coaching experience to work on the bench with Keefe.

This addition of experience to the Maple Leafs bench should go a very long way to helping the team focus on the important aspects of the game they've lacked in the past.
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Sheldon Keefe throws some shade at Kyle Dubas after announcing new Assistant Coaches

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