Things are not going too well for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
They entered the season with Stanley Cup aspirations and with some of the league’s best players all in their prime.
But they currently have four straight losses, and their ability to close out games has seemingly disappeared.
Five of the Maple Leafs’ last seven losses have come from surrendering multi-goal leads. And in their four-game losing streak, they’ve held a lead in each game.
The Maple Leafs now have as many wins in regulation as losses in regulation, and fans are starting to lose patience.
Some fans are starting to call for head coach Sheldon Keefe’s removal, and some NHL analysts have started to join the chorus as well.
But Keefe, who has superstars like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and John Tavares in the lineup every night, isn’t happy with how the players perform.
After their most recent loss—4-2 against the Oilers, after having a two-goal lead in the first period—he slammed some of his players with comments that had fans talking.
“After 42 games, I still have questions about who I can rely upon,” said Keefe.
But the comments from Keefe didn’t land well with the Toronto fan base. Instead, they absolutely butchered the head coach and blamed their poor results recently on him.
”He also can’t get the best out of his players,” one social media user said on X.
”I feel the same way about the Leafs coaching staff,” another said.
”Funny cause i have the same question about Keefe after over 300 games,” a third added.
”This man just admitted he sucks at his job,” a fourth said.
Next up for the Toronto Maple Leafs is the Calgary Flames on Thursday night, as they find themself in Wild Card status for the first time in years.