The Toronto Maple Leafs were hit with some semi-major news recently. 

After just one season with the team, assistant Paul McFarland announced he would be leaving the team to head back to the OHL. 

McFarland will be taking over as head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs. 

McFarland of course was hired to work with former head coach Mike Babcock so it's not majorly surprising he's leaving. 

Current head coach Sheldon Keefe reportedly already has a target. 

According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, Keefe wants to bring AJ MacLean up from the Toronto Marlies. 

MacLean has been Keefe's right hand man for awhile now so it only makes sense. 

However Friedman adds that it's no sure thing and the organization wants to look at outside possibilities as well. 

"Paul McFarland will finish the season on Toronto’s bench as an assistant coach before moving to lead OHL Kingston next season. There have been a ton of rumours that Sheldon Keefe’s long-time right-hand man, A.J. MacLean, will replace McFarland. Word is that’s not a guarantee, and the Maple Leafs are taking a long look outside the organization."

Source: Elliotte Friedman - 31 Thoughts