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Sheldon Keefe was forced to treat Mitch Marner different for awful reason


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Josh
June 13, 2024  (10:38)
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Sheldon Keefe stands at the podium
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During his time as Toronto Maple Leafs head coach, Sheldon Keefe was forced to treat Mitch Marner with kid gloves because of how sensitive the forward is.

Here's a rewritten version with a slightly more formal and objective tone:
For several years, there have been rumors and speculation about Mitch Marner's ability to handle the pressures of playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, particularly in regards to his interactions with the media. Some have labeled him as sensitive, unable to handle pressure, and arrogant.
According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, former head coach Sheldon Keefe had to adapt his communication style to accommodate Marner's sensitive nature, a detail that corroborates what many fans have observed and discussed for some time.
Elliotte Friedman says Sheldon Keefe was extremely careful about how he treated Marner because of how sensitive Marner is.

If that's the case, I don't know how Marner thinks he will put up with the pressure of another season in Toronto.

I'm so sick of this situation.

Here's a rewritten version with a slightly more formal and objective tone:
Mitch Marner has consistently demonstrated his struggles with handling the intense scrutiny and pressure that comes with playing in a high-profile market like Toronto. His irritability, immaturity, and unapproachability have been well-documented. It's unsurprising that former coach Sheldon Keefe appeared relieved upon his departure, given the challenges of managing Marner's sensitive nature.
The question now is how Marner will adapt to playing under the demanding coach Craig Berube.
Historically, Marner has struggled with criticism and pressure, which raises concerns about his ability to thrive in Toronto's intense hockey environment. While Marner's talent and on-ice accomplishments are undeniable, his inability to handle scrutiny is a liability.
In the NHL, the ultimate goal is to win, and if a player requires coddling to perform, it reflects more on their personal and professional maturity than on the coach's approach.
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Sheldon Keefe was forced to treat Mitch Marner different for awful reason

Do you think Mitch Marner was part of the reason Sheldon Keefe lost his job with the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Yes11951.1 %
No6427.5 %
It comes down to his inability to get the job done5021.5 %
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