The last time we spoke about the Toronto Maple Leaf’s, they were standing as one of the most formidable teams in the Eastern Division. However, history repeated itself in the new decade, and they’ve fallen into bad behaviours. Even with the assistance of Sheldon Keefe, the Toronto Maple Leaf’s have experienced two back-to-back losses. The 1st was against the Chicago Blackhawks, where the Leaf’s lost 6-2 and mere days later, suffered an 8-4 loss to the Florida Panthers. After this significant loss, Shelden Keefe named his defencemen immature and underperforming.
The head coach for the Toronto Maple Leaf’s, Sheldon Keefe expressed that when you compete against an organization like the Florida Panthers and lose, you know where the team is physical. He noted that reality checks followed after their loss against the panthers, where Keefe unloaded his aggression against the players. He made this public and mentioned that an extreme level of training discipline would follow for greater consistency. It should be noted that the Toronto Maple Leaf’s have lost five of their last six games. After failing to the Florida Panthers, Toronto’s hockey team cannot make the playoff division. This marks another year since 1969 that the Toronto Maple Leaf’s haven’t acquired playoff position.
Boston Bruins Coach Rages
Another organization in the National Hockey League received significant backlash from their head coach. The Boston Bruins lost their 3rd game in the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins, losing by one point at 4-3. This followed after the Bruins maintained a formidable first period, acquiring their three goals immediately. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins returned for vengeance in the second and third period. Jack Johnson and Bryan Rust for the Bruins earned the game-winning goals with several minutes remaining. When the final goal followed, Bruce Cassidy displayed his aggressive on live television. The head coach could easily be seen screaming absurdities towards his fellow players.
Bruce Cassidy has experienced growing frustration in the last several days, with the Bruins having lost to Philadelphia earlier in the week. Bruce didn’t mention anybody’s name in a public forum, but it’s easy to decipher where his angry resided. It was towards McAvoy, who displayed childish-like defence against the Penguins in the last several minutes. The head coach and defencemen spoke with one another privately, with McAvoy admitting his mistakes to reporters after the match had concluded.