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Sheldon Keefe takes the reins in New Jersey. Get the latest Devils news, salary cap updates, and TV schedule on our website.

The New Jersey Devils are wasting no time in their pursuit of playoff success. Today, they announced the hiring of Sheldon Keefe, the recently departed head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as their new bench boss.

Keefe, 43, brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of regular-season success to the Devils. During his six-season tenure with the Leafs, he amassed an impressive 212-97-40 record. However, his playoff record has been a point of contention, with only one series victory under his belt (against the Tampa Bay Lightning last spring).

Devils Tap Former Maple Leafs Coach for Bench Boss Role

The Devils’ decision to hire Keefe indicates a clear shift in strategy. Known for his offensive-minded system and ability to develop young talent, Keefe seems well-suited to maximize the potential of the Devils’ dynamic roster, which includes rising stars like Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier.

The move comes just weeks after the Devils parted ways with Lindy Ruff, who was subsequently hired by the Buffalo Sabres. Interim coach Travis Green, who led the team for the remainder of the season, is now headed to the Ottawa Senators.

Keefe’s contract with the Devils is reportedly for four years, giving him ample time to implement his vision and build a winning culture in New Jersey. While his playoff shortcomings have been a concern, the Devils clearly believe that a change of scenery and a new challenge could be just what Keefe needs to reach the next level.

This coaching change promises to shake up the Metropolitan Division and inject a renewed sense of excitement into the Devils’ fanbase. The hockey world will be watching closely to see how Keefe fares in his new role and whether he can finally lead a team to deep playoff success.

For the latest news on the New Jersey Devils, including in-depth analysis of this coaching change, up-to-date NHL salary cap information, and the Devils’ TV schedule, be sure to visit our website.

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