Report: Sheldon Keefe likely on Rangers' radar if Leafs fire coach after playoffs

According to Rangers reporter Larry Brooks, Keefe would "presumably become a person of interest" for New York if the Leafs axe their coach this summer.

Sheldon Keefe may very well lose his job in Toronto if the Maple Leafs can’t dig out of their 3-0 series hole against the Florida Panthers. If that happens, the New York Rangers could reportedly be interested in making Keefe their next head coach after they swiftly moved on from Gerard Gallant last weekend.

The New York Post’s Larry Brooks reports that Keefe would "presumably become a person of interest in the Rangers’ coaching search" if he became available.

While that’s speculative, Brooks did rule out a big (and controversial) name such as Joel Quenneville being in the running for the Rangers’ head coaching gig. Naturally, the net could be thrown out wider, as Brooks laid out a scenario where Dubas and Keefe moved to the Pittsburgh Penguins, opening the door for the Rangers to then land Mike Sullivan.

Could Rangers have interest in Keefe if the Maple Leafs let him go?

Keefe, 42, is the youngest head coach in the NHL. Through four (sometimes abbreviated) seasons under Keefe, the Maple Leafs recorded a 166-71-30 record in regular season games, good for a strong .678 points percentage. Facing a possible sweep in the second round of this year's postseason, Toronto’s playoff record under Keefe is 12-16 heading into Game 4.