Devils to name Sheldon Keefe as franchise's new head coach, multiple reports say

The New Jersey Devils appear to have a new head coach.

The franchise is expected to tab Sheldon Keefe, as first reported by the Spittin' Chiclets podcast and later confirmed by TSN's Darren Dreger. Keefe previously spent the past five seasons as the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he made the playoffs every season and advanced past the first round just once. Keefe was fired from his position after the Maple Leafs' loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 earlier this month.

New Jersey is looking to bounce back following a disappointing 2023-24 season where the team missed the postseason despite being tabbed as one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference and the Stanley Cup. The Devils hold the No. 10 pick overall in next month's NHL Draft after finishing with a 38-39-5 record.

As a result, the Devils fired Lindy Ruff in March. He led the team to a franchise-record in points the previous season, along with a first-round series win over the Rangers.

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