The changes have occurred via Keefe.
Something I never understood with Babs is he decided that Matthews and Hyman would be linemates even before they'd played an NHL game. That duo was only broken up because Matthews didn't like it, I think Keefe will be more flexible in the lineup configuration, he'll look for ways to improve things probably even when things are going well.
I don't think trading players on expiring contracts is a mini rebuild, I think TO simply needs to acknowledge that the support players aren't good enough if the playoffs aren't makeable at a minimum.
Draft picks are an option only if TO can't find the type of players that are needed. Probably any draft pick would be 4 years from the NHL and TO needs to think about winning now. Use the draft pick(s) to acquire players in the summer.
We saw Pitts. win a Cup with Hainsey on