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Sheldon Keefe Unveils Which Leafs Players Are at Risk of Losing Their Spot on the Team

Published January 12, 2024 at 1:04 PM
BY JULIEN TREKKER

The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach, Sheldon Keefe, made a major declaration before last night's 4-3 loss against the New York Islanders.

In the post-game interview, he was asked to share details about recent lineup decisions he had made concerning Nicholas Robertson, Ilya Samsonov, Martin Jones, William Lagesson, and Conor Timmins.

Keefe Makes a Major Declaration About Lagesson and Timmins



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The interesting part came when he had to explain why Lagesson and Timmins haven't played a lot lately. He provided a very candid answer.

"For the time being, while we're healthy, we don't see a reason to change."

With Timothy Liljegren and Mark Giordano finally back in the lineup after lengthy recoveries, and the Leafs' packed defensive unit, both Lagesson and Timmins were sent to the press box to watch games many times this season.

The disappointment is bigger for Timmins, knowing he had a great training camp before an injury forced him to miss several weeks. He hasn't been the same player since.

Benoit's Unexpected Performances Slowly Pushing Timmins and Lagesson Out of Toronto?



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Another huge part in this is obviously Simon Benoit's unexpected performances.

Not only does he exceed expectations, but he also earned a role in the Maple Leafs' top four.

General Manager Brad Treliving brought him in this summer with a one-year deal valued at $750,000.

Unless there are injuries within the defensive core, or sudden poor performances, we shouldn't see Lagesson or Timmins back on the ice so soon.


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