Sheldon Keefe all set to start with Leafs:

Sheldon Keefe addressed the media for the first time on Thursday after being named the 31st head coach in Toronto Maple Leafs history. 12:13

Keefe was set to make his coaching debut in Toronto's game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

Dubas said the franchise must reveal patience as Keefe, a first-time NHL coach, embarks on the tough task of taking over a group midseason and attempting to quickly turn things around.

He's positive the gamers comprehend there will be ups and down.

He's also conscious that outside perception might be a little less flexible.

"It's all part of what makes playing and working in Toronto great," Dubas stated. "You can't go anywhere in Toronto without people caring deeply about the team. I check out the best quote this early morning en route here: 'You can take a look at it as a problem or take a look at it as a trampoline."'

Toronto is a group that needs quite a bounce.

SEE Keefe was officially introduced Thursday early morning as the 31st head coach in Maple Leafs history. Tavares said there were "numerous mixed feelings" because Babcock was so devoted and committed to the group. "You can't go anywhere in Toronto without people caring deeply about the team. The 56-year-old Babcock went 173-133-45 in his four-plus seasons with Toronto and made the playoffs the previous three years, though the Maple Leafs lost in the first round each time. Keefe was in his 5th season as head coach of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.