Babcock was hired back in 2015, as he led them to the Stanley Cup Playoffs every season, all of which ended in early exits, including a first-round loss to the Boston Bruins in seven games last season. This year has been a whole different story, as they have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NHL at 9-10-4, and they had just one regulation win since October 26th. Keefe got off to a nice start as their new head coach with the Maple Leafs topping the Arizona Coyotes, 3-1, at Gila River Arena Thursday night. Shanahan flew out to Arizona that morning to make this announcement.
Before that win over the Coyotes, the Maple Leafs were in the middle of a six-game winless streak, including five losses in a row, as Babcock's run with them ended with a 4-2 defeat against the Las Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The former Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red Wings coach expressed his disappointment in the news, as he signed an eight-year deal with Toronto after stepping down from Detroit in May of 2015. He does hold a career record of 700-418-19-164, with one Stanley Cup Final win and two appearances, both with the Red Wings. He is a coach that is probably not expected to stay on the market for too long, especially with his old home in Mo-Town struggling in their rebuilding process under Steve Yzerman.