Maple Leaf Hot Stove did a great service and transcribed the entire Brendan Shanahan press conference, which is linked right here and below with the other links. One of those sentences was a vote of confidence for GM Kyle Dubas and head coach Sheldon Keefe.
“With that, I think Kyle built a very good hockey team. I think he made excellent adjustments along the way. I think Sheldon is an excellent coach.” [MLHS]
There is a world where Shanahan gets overridden by Larry Tannenbaum and people are fired, but I do not think we are in that version of the multiverse. I definitely think of Shanahan loses the ability to make decisions, he might as well leave himself.
President Brendan Shanahan opens with a vote of confidence for general manager Kyle Dubas & coach Sheldon Keefe— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) May 17, 2022
There will be some new faces, but the Leafs will not make change for the sake of change
As much as I am disappointed and destroyed, I think it’s the right decision. This team isn’t going to get better if the big players get traded. The Leafs will likely never get the best player in a Nylander or Marner trade. The Tavares situation is interesting in that he needs more support from his linemates more than in the past. Either that’s Marner moving down, or finding upgrades to Kerfoot and Mikheyev. A real 2LW has been a need for a while, and it’ll be a need again.
For the most part, Kyle Dubas has made tinkering moves that have helped this team. Giordano and Blackwell, Bunting, Kämpf, Lyubushkin for Ritchie, trading Dermott, and finding Källgren all happened this year. I think he can do it again. The Leafs analytics staff seems to be better at finding cheap, valuable players that (for the most part) work with the system and style of the Leafs (except Ritchie).
For Sheldon Keefe, the coaching adjustments from last year to this year have been substantial. Notably the penalty kill was much more effective and dangerous. The power play was much more dynamic. And at even strength, Keefe found ways to get Nylander valuable minutes and maximize all his big four players while not overplaying Kämpf’s line. I think if he can find ways to make adjustments within games and within series, he’ll be a good coach to keep. He’s been adaptable so far.
All that being said, I can’t say I’m completely convinced, but I can understand and see the justification for the decisions that have been made so far. They’re not my decisions, so what else can I do.
The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 in Game 1 of their second round series last night. The Colorado Avalanche were up 2-1 on the St. Louis Blues in the second intermission in their Game 1 as I tucked in for the night.
Edmonton will play in Calgary tonight, along with the Rangers in Carolina.
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The Arizona Coyotes won’t be able to put their logo on the ice at Arizona State University when they play there next year. They also must have “good behaviour” as part of their contract.
Mark Giordano and Timothy Liljegren are probably going to reunite next year. This pleases me.
Mark Giordano on his desire to return with the Leafs next season: "I love it here. I've loved my time here. I will talk to my agent and go from there. It's not a secret I enjoyed my time here."— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) May 17, 2022
My Leafs prediction: In a couple of years Timothy Liljegren is going to have an Italian-Canadian accent.— Katya Knappe (@KatyaKnappe) May 17, 2022
Andrei Vasilevskiy had this to say about the Leafs series. The thing he didn’t say was that the Lightning made good adjustments to stop that from happening.
Andrei Vasilevskiy felt @MapleLeafs got traffic in front of him and it worked until late in series when Tampa blocked more shots. “As you saw against Toronto, many goals were scored because I couldn’t see anything. I’m pretty sure that was the game plan for them, to get in front”— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) May 17, 2022
"I would not expect Malkin, Letang or Rust to be back."— Chris Mueller (@ChrisMuellerPGH) May 16, 2022
Seldo’s former team might have gone from terrible to merely bad.
It’s official. The #OHL’a Niagara IceDogs have been sold to Brantford’s Darren Dedobbelear pending OHL Board of Governors approval.— Ian Kennedy (@IanKennedyCK) May 17, 2022