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Devils hire former Maple Leafs coach Keefe

By Sports Desk May 22, 2024

The New Jersey Devils are hiring former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe for the same position.

An official announcement will be made on Thursday.

Keefe’s deal with the Devils will be for four years, including the two years owed to him by the Maple Leafs, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Keefe, 43, was fired by Toronto after the Maple Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by the Boston Bruins in seven games.

Keefe led Toronto to the playoffs in each of his four-plus seasons there, but won just one round.  

He takes over a Devils team that fell well short of expectations last season, missing the playoffs after they had 112 points and advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2022-23.

Lindy Ruff was fired by New Jersey late this season and was replaced on an interim basis by Travis Green.

Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald said at the end of the season that he would be conducting an extensive coaching search.

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